HK woman dies during breast-implant surgery

PHOTO: HK woman dies during breast-implant surgery

She wanted to look big and beautiful for her boyfriend.

But the breast-augmentation surgery cost Miss Liang Jun from Hong Kong her life.

Miss Liang, then 23, had wanted to give her boyfriend a surprise on her 24th birthday.

So in mid-April last year, the slim and pretty bank clerk went to a beauty clinic for consultation.

She was given two methods of surgery to choose from: A breast implant or a breast-enlargement injection.

Miss Liang opted for implants, but was told to seek a second opinion, Apple Daily reported.

She was referred to a gynaecologist, Dr Huang Jiamou, who performed the operation on her on the day she died.

Taking into consideration Miss Liang's slim stature, Dr Huang suggested an enlargement injection instead, as it was more natural.

But she insisted on implants and even wanted those with a volume of 175ml, he said.

He persuaded her to settle for smaller, 125ml ones. She agreed.

Checks before op

Dr Huang said he then checked her weight and blood pressure, and also checked her heart rate and breasts, which he declared were all fine.

He said he also asked for her medical records and asked if she had any drug allergies. Miss Liang told him she had no allergies and was healthy.

Dr Huang said he then informed her of the surgical procedure and the risks it entailed. Miss Liang understood and wanted to go ahead with it, he said.

So she paid a deposit and left.

She paid a total of S$6,000 for the surgery.

Barely an hour into the operation, Miss Liang started convulsing and had difficulty breathing.

Dr Huang said he immediately tried to save her. He also asked three nurses to get help from two other doctors in the building.

The police and paramedics were also called. The paramedics managed to stop the bleeding around Miss Liang's chest area, but her pulse remained weak and she later died in hospital.

At an inquest into her death yesterday, Miss Liang's family accused Dr Huang of giving her an overdose of anaesthetics.

They also felt he failed to clearly explain the risks behind the surgical procedure, and ought to have suggested to Miss Liang to have the operation performed in a private hospital that had better equipment.

This article was first published in The New Paper.