Colorado plastic surgeon arrested for death of teenage patient after unsuccessful surgery


Officials have announced that Colorado plastic surgeons and nurses behind the failed surgery in 2019 that led to the death of teenage patient Emmalyn Nguyen have been charged.

Nguyen, then 18 years old, went to Colorado Cosmetic Surgery for breast augmentation on August 1, 2019, but suffered cardiac arrest after being anesthetized, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said. Told.

Emarin Nguyen, 18, fell into a coma and put her in a vegetative state, her family said in a 2019 proceeding.  (Courtesy of Nguyen family)

Emarin Nguyen, 18, fell into a coma and put her in a vegetative state, her family said in a 2019 proceeding. (Courtesy of Nguyen family)

She fell into a coma after surgery-wrongly left her in a vegetative state, she Family claims in proceedings filed in 2019..

She died about 14 months after surgery in October 2020.

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Announced on Wednesday The arrest warrant for Dr. Jeffrey Kim, 52, was obtained “as a result of a long-term criminal investigation” after Nguyen’s death.

He was charged with one exacerbated assault and manslaughter.

According to the sheriff’s office, he was transferred to the authorities with a lawyer on Wednesday, booked, and released on public debt.

Rex Meaker, a nurse anesthesiologist, was also charged with manslaughter and an arrest warrant was issued.

Dr. Jeffrey Kim.  (Arapahoe County Sheriff)

Dr. Jeffrey Kim. (Arapahoe County Sheriff)

“We launched this criminal procedure in August 2019. The investigation took more than two years to complete dozens of interviews and investigation warrants. This gives Emarin’s family a sense of justice and closure. We hope this will be the beginning of the event, “said Travis Stewart, Head of Investigation at the Sheriff’s Office in Arapaho County.

David Woodruff, a lawyer for the Nguyen family, said NBC affiliated KUSA in Denver, Colorado“I think my family has mixed feelings about this.”

“Obviously, they are overwhelmingly pleased that Emarin has some justice in the end, but at the same time, this again caused the whole test, which again awakened the trauma they experienced,” he said. Continued.

“In the end, I think they’re happy to see this happening, and it’s encouraging that the legal system is pursuing this,” Woodruff said.

Emarin Nguyen drawn before the incident.  (Courtesy of the Nguyen family)

Emarin Nguyen drawn before the incident. (Courtesy of the Nguyen family)

Kim and Meaker allegedly left Nguyen “unobserved” for 15 minutes after being anesthetized during her surgery, according to a negligence proceeding filed by Nguyen’s parents in 2019.

The lawsuit stated that anesthesia had problems during their absence, and she was found to have blue lips and face and discoloration spread throughout her body.

Nguyen suffered two cardiac arrests and had to be resuscitated, the proceedings said. According to the proceedings, the doctor waited five hours and called 911.

As a result of the incident, Nguyen was placed in a “permanent” semi-consciousness “” due to a brain injury and required 24-hour care, including a permanent feeding tube, before he died, the lawsuit said.

NBC News contacted the 18th Judicial District Law Firm for comment.

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