A CHINESE tourist with no Australian medical qualifications is behind bars after allegedly administering a potentially lethal dose of anaesthetic that has left a beauty salon owner desperately clinging to life.
Jie Shao had only been in the country for a few days when she injected Jean Huang, 35, during a procedure at The Medi Beauty clinic in Chippendale around 3.30pm on Wednesday.
Ms Huang, who part-owns the business, went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where she is still fighting for life. Police are worried that Ms Huang may not survive and even if she does there are fears she will have brain damage.
A statement of facts tendered in court allege Shao, a 33-year-old who had arrived from China just five days earlier, had just injected Ms Huang with a mixture of powerful drugs through a catheter.
She then allegedly injected another anaesthetic, lidocaine, into Ms Huang's chest shortly followed by "breast fillers".
Ms Huang's heart then stopped. "Ms Huang was completely unresponsive and remained so for some time," the documents state.
Shao, who told police she was here on a tourist visa and staying at The Mercure hotel, and two other staff who were at the clinic attempted CPR without success before Ms Huang was rushed to hospital where doctors were able to revive her.
Redfern detectives charged Shao with reckless grievous bodily harm and using poison to endanger life. She was refused bail in Central Court yesterday, the day police claim she had flights booked to return to China.
Prosecutors allege the pair met through a mutual friend and Ms Huang agreed Shao could perform the procedure. They claim Shao admitted not having any medical qualifications in Australia and injecting the lidocaine and fillers but she denied administering the painkiller tramadol.
They successfully opposed bail on the basis she was a flight risk, a danger to the community and could interfere with witnesses. Shao's lawyer said her client had studied dermatology for five years and practised in China and the UK.
Ms Huang helped start the chain of Medi Beauty clinics in Box Hill, Victoria, in January 2015 and remains its sole director. It advertises dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections among its "injectables" and state-of-the-art beauty treatments based on the "latest medical procedures".
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