A Colorado plastic surgeon and nurse has been charged in connection with an operation that led to the death of teenage patient Emmeline Nuen in 2019, authorities said.
Nguyen then went to Colorado for cosmetic and plastic surgery on Aug. 18, 2019, for breast augmentation, but suffered a heart attack after undergoing anesthesia, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
After the surgery she fell into a coma — misdiagnosed, leaving her in a vegetative state, she The family claimed in a lawsuit filed in 2019.
He died in October 2020, 14 months after the procedure.
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Announced Wednesday The 52-year-old doctor. The arrest warrant for Jeffrey Kim was obtained after Nguyen’s death “after a lengthy criminal investigation.”
He has been charged with first-degree aggravated assault and criminal negligent homicide.
He became an officer along with his attorney Wednesday after being booked and released on bail, the sheriff’s office said.
Rex Meeker, a nurse anesthetist, has also been charged with manslaughter and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
“We started this criminal case in August 2019. The investigation took more than two years to complete and included dozens of interviews and search warrants. It is our hope that this will be the beginning of bringing a sense of justice and closure to Emmel’s family, “said Travis Stewart, Captain of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
The Nguyen family’s lawyer, David Woodruff, said KUSA, an NBC subsidiary of Denver, Colorado“I think the family has mixed feelings about this.”
“Obviously, they are very happy that Emmeline will finally get some justice, but at the same time, it brings back the whole ordeal and it’s revived the shock they experienced,” he continued.
“In the end, I think they’re happy to see this happen, and the legal system encourages them to follow suit,” Udraf said.
According to a negligence lawsuit filed by Nguyen’s parents in 2019, Kim and Meeker allegedly left Nguyen “unnoticed” for 15 minutes after undergoing anesthesia, which his parents said was contrary to medical best practices.
In their absence, the case states that something went wrong with the anesthetic, and her lips and face turned blue, and the discoloration spread throughout her body.
Nguyen suffered two heart attacks and had to be resuscitated, the lawsuit said. Doctors waited five hours to call 911, and the case was dropped.
As a result of this incident, Nguyen was left in a “permanent ‘semi-conscious state’ due to her brain injury and had to be cared for for 24 hours, including a permanent feeding tube, before she died, the lawsuit said.
NBC News has approached the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for comment.
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