Authorities Say San Jose Couple Did Illegal Cosmetic Surgeries

Two San Jose residents are facing charges after authorities say they performed illegal cosmetic surgeries in their home.

Ha Nguyen (WIN) and Zbigniew (ZBIG'-nyef) Makowski were arrested
yesterday on suspicion of practicing medicine without a license and
child endangerment.

The arrests come after nine people complained that they had received disfiguring plastic surgeries in their San Jose home, a residence that investigators described as filthy and filled with drugs and syringes.

Four children also were removed from the home by child protective services.

A spokeswoman for the California Medical Board says one woman who received a face-lift and tummy tuck from Nguyen now has thick three-inch scars next to each ear, scars above each eyebrow and under her lower lip.

She also has a 15-inch scar across her stomach.

Medical board investigators say all victims were Vietnamese.

An affidavit filed in the case shows that in 2003, the medical board investigated Nguyen for performing a botched genital surgery.

But that case was not pursued because the woman moved away.

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