HK plastic surgeon whose patient died after Botox injections to face prosecution

07-May-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A veteran Hong Kong plastic surgeon whose patient died after getting Botox injections at his clinic is to face prosecution on a raft of charges.

Police laid a total of 21 charges against Dr Franklin Li Wang-pong late on Friday, including two counts of attempting to mislead police, 12 counts of failing to keep proper records of dangerous drugs and seven counts of failing to keep records of dangerous drugs in the format required by law.

His case will be heard at Kowloon City’s Magistrates’ Court on May 6.

The 86-year-old doctor was arrested in November after a regular client, 52-year-old Zoe Cheung Shuk-ling, managing director of Swiss private bank Julius Baer, died a day after collapsing at Li’s clinic in Tsim Sha Tsui with Botox injections.

Botox, or botulinum toxin, was initially developed for medical purposes, but is now more frequently applied in cosmetic procedures to prevent wrinkles or to slim targeted areas by paralysing muscles.

Hong Kong’s Dangerous Drugs Regulations maintain that “contraventions of regulations under the keeping of registration or other records under the ordinance” can lead to a fine of HK$450,000 (US$57,359) and up to three years in prison.

There is no retirement age for doctors in Hong Kong, and they can practise in the city as long as their name is registered.


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