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Surgeon didn’t call ambulance for teen whose heart stopped in ‘botched’ boob job
February 18, 2022
A US plastic surgeon is facing charges of manslaughter in connection with the death of an 18-year-old who passed away 14 months after her breast augmentation surgery was botched.
Emmalyn Nguyen suffered a cardiac arrest on August 1 in 2019 after she was placed under anaesthesia by nurse anaesthetist Rex Meeker.
Dr Geoffrey Kim, 52, who was performing the procedure, admitted to investigators that he failed to call 911 for at least five hours.
The results left Nguyen brain-dead and unable to walk or talk before she sadly passed several months later.
Prosecutors have yet to file a criminal complaint, according to Vikki Migoya, a spokesperson with the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District, but it is believed that Kim will face charges, including felony negligent homicide, reckless manslaughter and misdemeanour obstruction of service.
As reported by the New York Post, Nguyen’s mother Lynn Fam said in a statement: “We’re all still very devastated and grieving over the loss of our beautiful Emmalyn.
"It’s still so very surreal. This settlement or any amount of money could never replace her. All we really want is for Emmalyn to be with us healthy and happy again.”
Kim turned himself in to Arapahoe County sheriff’s officials after a warrant for his arrest was issued on Wednesday.
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According to local sheriff’s the investigation has taken more than two years to complete and saw over a dozen interviews conducted, as well as a number of search warrants.
Anaesthetist Meeker also has an arrest warrant issued and faces a felony reckless manslaughter charge.
Nguyen’s family had previously filed a civil suit against Kim and Meeker and received a settlement to pay $1 million each, according to CBS Denver.
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Kim’s medical licence was also suspended by the Colorado Medical Board.
Despite the settlement, Nguyen’s family are still seeking answers for what happened to their daughter.
Her mother Fam added: “How could they let that happen to her? Our lives will never be the same again and our hearts will never be at peace. It’s so difficult losing a child under the hands of someone you thought knew what they’re doing.”