A MAN has died on the operating table while undergoing a Wayne Rooney-style hair transplant.
Rafael Bolado Marino, 39, travelled from his home in the northern Spanish province of Cantabria to Bilbao in the Basque region to undergo the surgery at the Dermitek clinic.
Marino was administered a local anaesthetic – by unnamed surgeons, according to El Espanol – 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”.
HAIR APPARENT – Wayne Rooney and his barnet
The former Manchester United star has never hidden the fact that he’s undergone several procedures to beat his baldness.
He’s reportedly spent in the region of £30,000 in the process.
The 33-year-old, who is England’s record goal scorer, first started going bald when he was just 25.
In 2011, for example, he took to Twitter to proudly declare the start of his treatment and to show the results of the surgery he’d undergone at London’s Harley Street Hair Clinic. He’s also said to use hair thickening sprays too.
He followed up the procedure two years later.
However, confused followers have been quick to point out the ever-changing thickness of his barnet.
Before England’s catastrophic 2-1 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016, the former skipper boasted a full head of brown locks.
However, by the time he left the team hotel the following morning it was missing.
In his autobiography, Wayne Rooney admitted staring at himself in the mirror and thinking: “Bloody hell, you’re going bald and you’re only a young lad.”
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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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