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Plastic surgery death to be re-investigated

Update: April, 15/2014 - 08:57
The doctor, Nguyen Manh Tuong, 40 (L), was accused of violating regulations on examination and treatment and infringing procedures governing human remains.— VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan

HA NOI (VNS)— Ha Noi People's Court has decided to send the case of Nguyen Manh Tuong, who was alleged to have thrown a patient's body into the river after she died on his operating table back to city police for further investigation.

The decision was announced at the hearing into the case yesterday. The doctor, Nguyen Manh Tuong, 40, was accused of violating regulations on examination and treatment and infringing procedures governing human remains.

Tuong was said to have been working at his own at Cat Tuong cosmetic surgery centre when the patient died on the operating table from complications during breast -enhancement surgery.

Tuong allegedly carried the woman's body to his car, before disposing of it at midnight. He then went to work at Bach Mai hospital on the following day as normal.

According to the indictment, 30 minutes after surgery began, Le Thi Thanh Huyen, the patient, had difficulty breathing and began foaming at the mouth. Tuong gave her an injection and she appeared to recover.

But at 5:45 pm, Huyen's body suddenly turned blue and her blood pressure could not be measured. Tuong put her on a respirator and gave her a cardiotonic but could not revive her.

Speaking at the hearing, Tuong said he decided to take Huyen to Buu Dien (Post) Hospital, but when they reached it, too many people were at the hospital's entrance.

At that time, Khanh, the salon guard, who helped Tuong put the body to his car, suggested to Tuong that they should dump the body into the Hong River instead of leaving it at the hospital and he agreed.

The Jury Committee decided that there were several problems relating to the medical profession that needed to be made clear, and returned documents on the case to local police for more investigation. — VNS

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