Lima Authorities Close Informal Clinic After Death

Municipal authorities in Lima on Friday closed an informal clinic after a 30-year-old woman died during liposuction, state news agency Andina reported.

Eduardo Gutierrez, an official from the district of Lince, said the clinic did not have the proper licenses.

The woman, Carmen Martha Moscoso, died on the operating table at the clinic. Moscoso, who was from Peru’s southernmost city of Tacna, leaves behind two children, aged 12 and 8.

The doctor of the clinic, Victor Fernando Ramirez, was detained by authorities Thursday night, but released shortly after.

Despite a thriving economy in almost every niche, and having some of the continent’s leading medical facilities, informality is widespread in Peru, catering to  everything from small mom-and-pop shops to large businesses and health centers or treatment facilities for drug addicts. Last year, at least 20 people died in a fire at an informal drug treatment center in north Lima, where patients had been locked up and were unable to escape.

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