Family wins botched liposuction suit against surgeon

The family of a pharmaceutical company executive, who died following a liposuction procedure in 2013, was awarded damages of about S$5.6mil (RM17mil) by the High Court.

Surgeon Dr Edward Foo, who was sued by the family of Mandy Yeong, was ordered to pay the damages after the court found that he was negligent in performing the procedure at his clinic.

In a written judgment, Justice Choo Han Teck said: “Dr Foo, who may well be a competent general surgeon, was not adequately trained to perform the liposuction and fat transfer procedures. Unfortunately, Dr Foo believed himself capable and thus did not manage this case as a competent surgeon in this field should have done.”

The court also found that Dr Foo’s delay in sending for an ambulance after Yeong collapsed at his clinic was an act of negligence.

He initially deflected liability by blaming the doctors at the Singapore General Hospital’s accident and emergency department for failing to resuscitate her, but dropped his case against the hospital doctors midway through the trial.

Justice Choo awarded S$1.7mil (RM5.1mil) for dependency claims of Yeong’s family members.

He also awarded S$3.8mil (RM11.5mil) for loss of inheritance, based on Yeong’s projected income and stock options at Roche Diagnostics Asia Pacific, where she was head of regional market development. — The Straits Times/ANN

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