Doctor faces jail for surgery death

Update: February, 21/2014 - 08:22
Nguyen Manh Tuong.— Photo phunutoday

HA NOI (VNS)— Nguyen Manh Tuong, director of a cosmetic surgery centre, faces up to 10 years in prison following a botched operation on a woman patient that led to her death.

Tuong has been charged with violating regulations on examination and treatment and infringing on the rights governing human remains.

The charges follow an indictment issued on Tuesday by the Ha Noi People's Procuracy.

Tuong's accomplice, Dao Quang Khanh, 18, a security guard at the centre, was also charged for infringing on the rights governing human remains.

According to the indictment, Tuong, 41, a doctor at Ha Noi-based Bach Mai Hospital and director of his own private cosmetic surgery centre, and Khanh, allegedly threw a woman patient's body into the Hong (Red) River after she died on the operating table during breast surgery on October 19 last year.

Khanh also admitted stealing an Apple iPhone 5 smart phone, worth VND12 million (US$560) from the victim's body before wrapping it and throwing it into the river.

The two suspects were arrested two days after throwing the patient's body into the river. Police said that despite extensive searches, the victim's body had still not been found. — VNS