An Indian dies a very painful death in a "hair transplant"

When the Indian Athar Rashid began noticing the beginnings of baldness, he decided to undergo a hair transplant, but the young man in charge of a television station did not realize that this operation, which was safe in principle, would cost him his life.

Males with premature baldness are increasingly resorting to hair transplants in India as incomes rise and focus on personal appearance increases.

But in a poorly regulated sector, this process, sometimes carried out by amateurs training on YouTube, can have fatal consequences.

In the details of the incident, Rashid suffered blood poisoning after undergoing a hair transplant in a clinic in New Delhi last year, as his mother, Asia Begum, told AFP.

She added, "My son died a very painful death. His kidneys stopped working and then all his other organs collapsed."

"I remember my son everyday and die a slow death. I lost my son but I don't want any other mother to lose her son because of the fraudulent practices of a handful of people," Begum continued.

Rashid's family filed a complaint with the police, along with pictures showing the deceased's face swollen, and a black rash spread all over his body in his last hours.

Police have arrested four people, including the two men who performed the surgery, and they are awaiting trial.

Specialists say that lifestyles characterized by inactivity, smoking, improper diets and stress may lead to early hair loss.

 A hair transplant in India costs around 350,000 rupees ($4,300), which is a lot of money in a country where millions live on less than $2 a day.

Therefore, many resort to unlicensed clinics that employ unqualified people, but their prices are low.

India's National Medical Commission issued a warning in September over the increase in clinics that often provide substandard service at discounted rates, saying that "watching during workshops or on YouTube or similar platforms is not sufficient training to perform cosmetic procedures including hair transplants".

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