Emmalyn Nguyen dead. Colorado 19 year old dies 14 months after botched breast implant left her in coma. Family lawyer to sue plastic surgeon & anesthetist for wrongful death.
Emmalyn Nguyen, 19, had spent more than 14 months in a coma before she passed away last week, KCNC reports.
‘Emmalyn’s parents and siblings are heartbroken,’ her family’s attorney David Woodruff said Sunday. ‘This turn of events was sadly unexpected.’
Nguyen had arranged to go under the knife with Dr. Geoffrey Kim for a breast augmentation Aug. 1, 2019, at Colorado Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery in Greenwood Village.
But after being administered anesthesia, the teen suffered cardiac arrest and never made it into surgery.
Teen’s condition took unexpected turn for the worse
Kim later admitted that he didn’t call 911 for around five hours. It remained unclear why the surgeon waited such an inordinate amount of time.
The medical episode left the teen in a coma with brain damage, requiring round-the-clock medical care.
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 Oct. 2 at her nursing home and went into cardiac arrest, KDVR reported.
She was resuscitated but ultimately died two days later. A memorial service was held Sunday for Nguyen.
‘The world has lost a wonderful, sweet, vibrant young lady,’ Woodruff said. ‘She had a lifetime ahead of her which was needlessly cut short.’
Her family had previously taken legal action against Kim and nurse anesthetist Rex Meeker, accusing them of gross negligence.
Woodruff said he now intends to 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,’ Woodruff told KCNC.
Adding, ‘Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Emmalyn’s parents believe it is important to tell Emmalyn’s story, not only to bring her some justice but also to help prevent this from ever happening to another patient.’
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.