B.C.: Zhuo Li accused of performing cosmetic surgery and injection procedures without a licence

CBC INVESTIGATES

‘I was screaming,’ woman says of ‘painful’ eye lift by suspected fake doctor

CBC spoke with woman who claims she had surgery at a basement clinic in October.

By Natalie Clancy, Manjula Dufresne, CBC Posted: Jan 17, 2017 2:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017 5:00 PM PT

'I was screaming,' says eye lift patient who says she underwent painful cosmetic surgery at a basement clinic in Delta in October.

A 28-year-old woman thought Zhuo Li was a doctor when she went to her basement clinic in Delta in October for eye lift surgery to be performed under a local anesthetic.

“When she cut my eyelid, it felt very painful,” said the ESL student, who does not wish to be identified.

“[Li] said I was annoying her because I was screaming,” the woman added.

Li is accused of performing cosmetic surgery and injection procedures without a licence to practise medicine or medical training, according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.

Li’s basement clinic was raided on Dec 20 after a judge ordered a search of the north Delta home.

Zhuo Li

Zhuo Li is the owner of Sabrina Permanent Make-up Studio Inc. registered to Delta, B.C., home where raid took place. (Facebook)

The young woman says she needs another surgery because one eye looks square and the other is triangular.

The woman who spoke to CBC News did not complain to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, but others did, which prompted an unprecedented investigation.

Patients urged to seek testing

Last week all patients of the suspected illegal cosmetic surgery clinic were urged to get tested for HIV and hepatitis by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.

“This is horrific,” said Dr. Heidi Oetter, registrar and CEO, about the allegations.

“Right now we have a temporary restraining order so she is not allowed to provide these services and we hope to get a permanent injunction so she can never provide these services,” Oetter told CBC News.

Women leaving in Bentley (restricted)

Two women believed to be patients were captured on surveillance video exiting the side door of the home and left in a Bentley Continental.

Li, who also goes by the first name Subrina, is the sole director of a company registered at the home, called Sabrina Permanent Make-up Studio Inc.

Court documents used to obtain the search were unsealed yesterday after an application from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and they provide a raw account of what might have been going on at the home.

According to an affidavit by private investigator Michael Lantz of Paladin Security, there was evidence that suggested surgery had taken place in the recently renovated basement. 

Bandaged patients seen leaving in
luxury cars

A steady stream of luxury vehicles, including two Bentleys, a Mercedes, and a Porsche was captured on surveillance video outside the residence.

scalpel blades (restricted)

Scalpel blades, retrieved from the garbage outside the residence on December 14, 2016.

Women were seen leaving after three or four hours, with bandaged faces say the documents after the clinic was put under surveillance on Dec 13-14, 2016.

Vials of Adrenaline, fat dissolving injections, a version of botox, and hyaluronic acid were seized in a raid conducted on the house on Dec. 20, 2016.

The investigation had begun weeks earlier after two physicians reported seeing patients with infections.

Bloody gauze and tissue seized from garbage

On two occasions, investigators seized garbage bags from the home and found blood-soaked gauze, used syringes, scalpel blades, and what appeared to be small amounts of human tissue.  (…)

 

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