24 Oct '11, 12pm

Doctor in fatal liposuction under fire for toilet break

SINGAPORE: A doctor, who was handling a liposuction procedure which led to a patient's death, came under fire on Monday for going for a five-minute toilet break without waiting for his patient to wake up from sedation. 44-year-old Franklin Heng, who was the CEO of YTL Pacific Star, underwent the procedure at Reves Clinic on 30 December 2009, and later suffered multiple penetrating wounds to his intestines and stomach. He was rushed by ambulance to Tan Tock Seng Hospital but was pronounced dead on the same day. The inquest heard that 35-year-old Dr Jim Wong completed the procedure at about 3.45pm, and continued observing Mr Heng until he had to leave for the loo at 4.05pm. The general practitioner maintained that he had assessed Mr Heng and that Mr Heng's condition was stable before he left for the toilet. Dr Wong added that his absence only took a few minutes, and that he ...

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