06 Apr '11, 8am

Wife of patient sues heart surgeon for negligence

SINGAPORE : The wife of a patient who died 43 days after heart surgery testified in the High Court on Wednesday that renowned surgeon Tong Ming Chuan did not advise her on the medical options available to her husband. Instead, Ms D'Conceicao Jeanie Doris recalled that Dr Tong, 63, merely used a heart model to explain what he was going to do. Ms D'Conceicao is suing Dr Tong for negligence, alleging the surgeon was liable for the death of her husband, Mr Steven Milakov. Mr Milakov had previously undergone bypass surgery in Houston, Texas on January 17, 2007. He recovered well and returned to Singapore the next month and continued working for Chevron Inc. On March 9, that year, he suffered a heart attack here and was admitted to hospital. Dr Tong performed surgery on Mr Milakov on March 12, which succeeded in improving blood supply to the heart. However, Mr Milakov's health d...

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