A police unit in southern Busan city said it would hand over a case involving the deaths of two women to a higher authority, after it failed to resolve it.
The story goes back to September last year when a woman, 44, received a liposuction surgery and began to complain a severe headache and fever. She died three days later.
In the same month, another woman, 29, also died three days after receiving a breast enlargement surgery. She suffered from low blood pressure and severe pain in the chest before her death.
There was a third case in the same month in the same hospital. But the person, who received a liposuction and transplant surgery survived, after lapsing into a critical state.
Autopsy showed the two dececased died of septicemia, an inflammation in the blood vessels.
Police investigators suspected the cases were caused by germ infection during the surgery or during shots to blood vessels.
But there was lack of evidence and the case has dragged for over a year, now to be handled by the Prosecutors’ Office.
Although the case has yet to be resolved, it has clearly left an impact on the local plastic surgery business, with a fall in the number of people seeking a plastic surgery there, Newsen.said.