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Kannada actress dies after fat removal surgery in Bengaluru, parents blame hospital Chethana Raj
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Kannada actress dies after fat removal surgery in Bengaluru, parents blame hospital

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 18 May 2022, 12:06 am

Bengaluru/IBNS: A young Kannada actress, who underwent fat-removal surgery at a private hospital in Bengaluru, died in a tragic case of body shaming, media reports said.

Chethana Raj, a 21-year-old TV actress, died because of the hospital's negligence, her family alleges.

Chethana Raj reportedly went with her friends to Dr Shetty's Cosmetic Clinic in Rajajinagar for cosmetic surgery in pursuit of adhering to the near-impossible standards of beauty.

She hadn't informed her parents about the same.

Her friend reportedly signed the consent form before she was taken into surgery.

Soon after the procedure, her lungs reportedly filled up with fluid and the actress then died of a cardiac arrest within hours.

A case has been lodged against doctors based on a police complaint by her parents. The hospital has been shut down for now.

"This is a medical negligence case. An unnatural death report is awaited, and a case has been registered against Dr Shetty's Cosmetic Centre over suspicion of her death. We have registered a case, however no arrests have been made yet, because action will be initiated after the medical report is submitted," said Vinayak Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police, North Division, Bengaluru.

Her parents have alleged that the hospital violated rules by not taking their consent before the surgery and the procedure was done in an ICU that lacked proper facilities.

"Without any precautions, they conducted this surgery. The doctors should have suggested a surgery only if there was a real need for removal of fat. It was her friend who signed the consent form before she was taken into surgery," said the actor's father Varadaraju.

According to reports, doctors tried to revive her through CPR for 45 minutes but failed.

On realising that she was not responding, the doctors reportedly took her to the nearby Kaade Hospital and tried to force the doctors there to treat her.