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Patients of alleged illegal plastic surgery clinic in Delta told to get tested

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Patients of Zhuo Li urged to get tested hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV

Investigators say they found tools but nothing to sterilize those tools

DELTA (NEWS 1130) – The province’s medical regulator is cracking down on a Delta woman who they claim was illegally selling botox injections, eyelid lifts, and other surgeries out of her basement.

Patients of Zhuo Li and her Sabrina Permanent Make-up Studio are urged to seek clinical advice from a registered physician or nurse practitioner, and possibly get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

The BC College of Physicians and Surgeons started getting complaints about the business in mid-November. In one case, a 23-year-old woman reported a persistent infection after getting a nose implant there.

Following a private investigation, the College was granted a search and seizure order for 10519 Modesto Place by the BC Supreme Court on Dec. 20.

Investigators say they found Bocouture injections, anesthetic, prescription medication, syringes, needles, and other surgical equipment. They did not find the special equipment typically used to sterilize those tools.

“This is the first one we’ve had of this nature in British Columbia,” says College CEO Dr. Heidi Oetter.

“I don’t know if it represents that there’s more of them, or if it’s just a one-off, but it is extraordinary, and it is the most significant search and seizure we have taken action against, certainly in the time I’ve been here with the College of Physicians and Surgeons.”

She adds they don’t know how many patients may have been impacted by these unlicensed surgeries.

“We want to get this message out as far and wide as possible, and as we hear back, we’ll be in a better position to comment on, apart from a few wound infections, whether this has become a much more serious problem.”

A temporary court injunction prevents Ms. Li from performing any more surgeries, but it does not apply to other cosmetic services like tattoos, which Dr. Oetter says were also being performed in the home.

The College is stressing the importance of only seeing health professionals who are properly regulated and licensed.