GEORGE TOWN: Acid attack survivor Tan Hui Linn has undergone stem cell injection on parts of her face in the second stage of a corrective surgery in Seoul.
The procedure went smoothly for the 20-year-old at JK Plastic Surgery Centre where doctors first conducted CO2 laser operation on her before the injection.
Her attending physician Dr Bae Joon-sung conducted the procedure in a two-hour operation that started at about 12.30pm Malaysian time yesterday, said Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi who coordinated Hui Linn’s trip.
Other than her face, doctors will also carry out stem cell treatment on other affected parts on her chest, neck and thigh area.
It is claimed that stem cells can help rejuvenate and speed up the recovery of her transplanted skin.
Hui Linn, who arrived in Seoul on June 30, had undergone procedures to extract bone marrow on July 5 to cultivate stem cells, a process which will take 28 days.
The stem cell treatment was a result of a collaboration between JK Plastic Surgery and stem cell company Pharmicell.
Dr Bae said each treatment period was two weeks and her next injection had been scheduled on Aug 17; while she would undergo another laser treatment on Merdeka Day (Aug 31) along with the stem cell treatment. The fourth stem cell treatment is scheduled on Sept 14.
Doctors will evaluate her progress on Sept 25 before deciding on her next stage of treatment.
Each injection is estimated to cost about RM32,000 and are sponsored by the centre.
8. Hui Linn back in Seoul for stem cell treatment