Emmalyn Nguyen, from Thornton, Colorado, went to Greenwood Village Dr. Geoffrey Kim for breast implant surgery.According to her family, Emmalyn wasn’t monitored for the first 15 minutes after being administered anesthesia.
What was meant to be a two-hour procedure for breast augmentation left an 18-year-old woman permanently brain damaged, her family says.
She went into cardiac arrest but Kim performed CPR and stabilized her. Emmalyn went into cardiac arrest for a second time and was stabilized again, but no one called 911 for five hours even though she was “neurologically unresponsive,” the family says.
The family wants to file a case on behalf of Emmalyn against the doctor,Kim and nurse anesthetist Rex Meeker for negligence.911 was called and Emmalyn was taken to another hospital,the Littleton Adventist Hospital ICU where she stayed t for 22 days.
She showed no signs of recovery from the brain damage and was eventually transferred to Vibra Hospital of Denver, where she is now. She’s still in a “minimally conscious neurological state” and requires around-the-clock care, according to the lawsuit.“Her body is still there but she’s not there, so we feel like we lost a daughter,” Lynn mother, told a reporter
Emmalyn’s family told the reporter that she will likely be in this state “for the rest of her life.”Family also said that she had been “misled” about what was happening to her daughter during the procedure.
She said Dr. Kim told her, ”Everything went fine, the only thing is we didn’t proceed with the procedure because her heart rate dropped but she is fine. He said everything is fine, Emmalyn is fine, everything is good. She’s young, she’s healthy, she’ll be okay, it’s just taking her long to wake up.”Emmalyn’s parents also mentioned that their daughter “wanted to improve her self-image” by getting implants.
Meeker was sued for a similar case in 2009 after he served as the nurse anesthetist for Paula Harty’s breast implant surgery. Harty died after she suffered brain damage during the procedure. Her husband sued and the case was settled in 2012, according to report.