A teenager who was left brain dead after breast enhancement surgery went wrong has died.
Emmalyn Nguyen passed away on October 4, just over a year after she went under the knife for the cosmetic procedure, aged 18.
Her devastated family have filed a lawsuit accusing Colorado Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery’s Dr Geoffrey Kim and nurse anesthetist Rex Meeker of gross negligence.
They claim medical staff misled them about Emmalyn’s condition after she was allegedly left alone on the operating table while under anesthesia on August 1, 2019. Dr Kim and Mr Meeker deny these claims.
The tragic teen, from Colorado, US, had to be moved into a nursing home being fed through a tube and breathing with an oxygen machine during her final months.
The lawsuit, seen by The Sun, details how mum Lynn Fam became concerned when the two-hour procedure stretched well into the afternoon.
Dr Kim allegedly reassured her the patient was just taking longer than usual to wake up but was essentially “fine”.
However, the complaint claims an ambulance was not called for five hours after Mr Meeker gave Emmalyn the anesthesia.
Ms Fam and Sonny Nguyen claim in the lawsuit, filed in Arapahoe County, that their daughter went into cardiac arrest before the procedure had started, reports KDVR.
Attorney David Woodruff of Denver Trial Lawyers, who is representing the teen’s parents, previously said what should have been a standard procedure “turned into a nightmare”.
“She was left unobserved. No one watched her for about 15 minutes.
“A nurse comes into the room and finds her blue.”
He said Emmalyn was left “essentially non-functional” and would have to spend the rest of her life in a nursing home.
The lawyer has since reportedly told the same news outlet the lawsuit will “continue as a wrongful death lawsuit”.
A private funeral service was held on Sunday, with attendees wearing masks and abiding by social distancing.
In an earlier statement to People, lawyers for Dr Kim and Mr Meeker denied any claims made in the lawsuit.