I remember a 33 year old marathon runner that dropped dead at the peak of his health. Nobody knows why it happened. One can suspect that his heart had an ectopic beat that came in a particular part of the cardiac cycle and induced Ventricular Fibrillation (no heart beat). I knew a 40 year old close friend of the family, who died in a field 100 feet from his house. Nobody knew why.
There are reports of death after having your dentist give you Xylocaine for a local anesthetic. It happens. One of my patients had a heart attack the evening before his hair transplant. It could have happened during the transplant I feared. The key for good doctors is to know how to respond to the unpredictable. For those of you who go to Turkey and have a clinic without a doctor, beware as who would address any catastrophe?
In the above magazine example, I saw them mention that this man had significant facial swelling and was hospitalized suggesting something strange happened after the surgery. Could it have been an allergic reaction to a medication he was given? I don’t know why it happened but lack of blood tests for healthy men is the standard of care in the US today for all ambulatory surgery done under local anesthesia in young healthy surgical candidates so I would be critical of that complaint by the writer of the article. I always get a medical history on my patients before the surgery and make sure that they are healthy without complaints or on-going medical conditions.