Surgical team begins work on Hui Linn

Surgical team begins work on Hui Linn

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia - The first round of plastic surgeries on acid attack victim Tan Hui Linn has been smooth and successful.

The 19-year-old underwent surgeries on her eye frame, especially her right eye which was totally deformed from acid burns.

The surgeries were performed by five doctors headed by principal surgeon at JK Plastic Surgery Centre in Seoul.

The eight-hour surgery started at 11am yesterday and she regained consciousness at about 7pm, said Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi, who is in Seoul to coordinate her trip.

He said doctors also carried out corrective surgery on her eyebrows and performed skin grafting on the scars.

"Doctors have smoothened the scars around her jaw and carried out platelet-rich plasma (PRP) procedure to even out her skin tone.

"They are also contemplating hair transplant for the eyebrow next week.

"There was also fat grafting by extracting fats from her limbs to fill up sunken portion of her face so that the treated parts will look even and natural," he said yesterday.

Ooi said Tan's condition was being monitored by the team of doctors at the intensive care unit.

"If her progress is uneventful, we may consider stem cell treatment to rejuvenate her at a faster pace.

"Doctors will also insert a cosmetic lens on her right eye to make it look natural.

"But they expect some difficulty as a previous cornea transplant had failed and the conjunctivitis may cause the lens to not hold on firmly.

"If this is not successful, doctors will consider inserting an artificial eyeball on her next trip to Seoul in May," Ooi said.

On the next trip, he said, doctors would deal with her nostrils that had closed up after the burns.

"Doctors plan to use cartilage from her ears to enlarge the nostrils so that she will be able to breathe properly," he said.

On the cost of surgeries, Ooi said the JK Plastic Surgery Centre which sponsored the surgery and treatment had estimated the initial cost at about US$200,000 (S$261,360).

"Some good Samaritans and I paid for her living expenses and flight tickets to Seoul that amounted to about RM120,000," he added.

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