Teen left in coma for 14 months dies after botched breast implant surgery

Tuesday - 13/10/2020 09:34
American teenager Emmalyn Nguyen died 14 months after the plastic surgery procedure left her in a coma with severe brain damage.

An American teen who suffered serious brain damage due to complications from a botched boob job has died, her family’s solicitor has confirmed

Emmalyn Nguyen, 19, had spent more than 14 months in a coma before she died last week, news station KCNC reported.

“Emmalyn’s parents and siblings are heartbroken,” her family’s solicitor David Woodruff said on Sunday. ”This turn of events was sadly unexpected.”

Ms Nguyen had arranged to go under the knife with Dr Geoffrey Kim for a breast augmentation on August 1 last year, at Colorado Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery in Greenwood Village.

But after being administered anaesthesia, the teen suffered cardiac arrest and never made it into surgery.

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 The 19-year-old had been in a coma for 14 months.Source:Supplied
The 19-year-old had been in a coma for 14 months.Source:Supplied


Dr Kim later admitted that he didn’t call emergency services for around five hours, the outlet reported.

The medical episode left the teen in a coma with brain damage, requiring around-the-clock medical care.

Mr Woodruff said that the teen appeared to be making some recent progress, including being able to smile at times, but her health took a turn for the worse when she developed severe pneumonia on October 2 at her nursing home and went into cardiac arrest, news station KDVR reported.

She was resuscitated but ultimately died two days later, the outlets reported. A memorial service was held on Sunday for the teen.

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 The teen has died after developing severe pneumonia earlier this month. Picture: CBS.Source:Supplied
The teen has died after developing severe pneumonia earlier this month. Picture: CBS.Source:Supplied

“The world has lost a wonderful, sweet, vibrant young lady,” Mr Woodruff said. “She had a lifetime ahead of her which was needlessly cut short.”

Her family had previously taken legal action against Dr Kim and nurse anaesthetist Rex Meeker, accusing them of gross negligence.

Now in the wake of the loss, Mr Woodruff said they will move forward with the litigation as a wrongful-death suit.

“Emmalyn’s parents believe it is imperative to tell Emmalyn’s story, both to bring her justice and also to help prevent this from ever happening to another patient,” Mr Woodruff told KCNC.

Dr Kim had his medical license temporarily suspended, but earlier this year it was reinstated and he’s now allowed to practice under probationary status for the next three years, the outlets reported.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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