Man Dies During Rooney-Style Hair Transplant Operation

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCEN

This is the 39-year-old man who died while undergoing a hair transplant when he suffered a heart attack on the operating table moments after receiving anaesthesia.

The shocking incident took place at the Dermitek clinic in the city of Bilbao in the northern Spanish region of Basque Country.

Local media report Rafael Bolado Marino, from the town of Maliano in the northern Spanish province of Cantabria, had travelled to Bilbao to undergo the aesthetic procedure before the hair transplant operation similar to the one favoured by footie star Wayne Rooney.

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Marino, 39, was administered a local anaesthetic – by unnamed surgeons, according to reports – just before his transplant but shortly after he reportedly suffered a heart attack.

He was taken to the Basurto Hospital where his condition was stabilised before being taken to the Valdecilla hospital in Cantabria but he later died there as a consequence of the heart attack.

The Dermitek clinic, which has been performing hair transplant surgeries for over five years, told local media that it was “not known if the heart attack was caused by the anaesthetic or not”.

The clinic said local anaesthetic like Marino’s were administered “5,000 times a day”.

According to the centre, the doctors who participated in the hair implant process that went wrong have been very “affected as this had never happened before”.

Maria del Carmen Adan, a member of the Patient Defenders Association, has sent a letter to prosecutors asking for the incident to be considered a crime as it could have been caused by negligence regarding the amount of anaesthetic or because of the lack of control in the pre-operation process.

The letter said that the clinic is selling this intervention as harmless, but that could be “false advertising” as there is “no explanation of the serious consequences that could happen”.

It is unclear if a criminal investigation has been opened.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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