June 28, 2021

The family of an 18-year-old woman who died after breast augmentation surgery two years ago has settled their Colorado medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit for $2 million. The medical malpractice insurance companies for the defendant plastic surgeon and the defendant certified registered nurse contributed $1 million each to the settlement.

The Underlying Facts

The Colorado wrongful death lawsuit alleged that Emmalyn Nguyen stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest shortly after she was administered general anesthesia at the Greenwood Village-based Colorado Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Center. The lawsuit alleged that no one checked on the woman for 15 minutes and that 911 was not called for five and a half hours.

As a result of the alleged medical negligence, Emmalyn remained unresponsive and was unable to move or to speak. She remained in a long-term care facility for fourteen months before dying from complications.

Emmalyn’s family’s attorney issued the following statement: “The family is heartbroken at losing Emmalyn and is ready to move on to the next chapter in their lives, cherishing their memories of her short 18 years of life. Because of our laws, much of the money recovered will actually be repaid to Medicaid, but the family really had no choice because Dr. Kim did not have enough insurance and refused to contribute his own personal assets. There is indeed no price on the life of this beautiful, ambitious young woman who was needlessly killed by medical negligence.”


Colorado Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Center states on its website: “Dr. Geoffrey Kim specializes in a full spectrum of aesthetic plastic surgery to both the body and face. His exemplary training, skills and integrity put him at the top of the list. He is a perfectionist and also extremely personable with his patients. Dr. Kim cares about his patients’ well-being and customizes each procedure for the particular patient … Dr. Kim places great emphasis on patient care and safety … Dr. Kim performs his aesthetic surgeries in the state of the art operating room in his office … Most procedures are performed in Dr. Kim’s office which means that you are comfortable, relaxed and home before you know it. Here, a dedicated team of professionals work diligently to give you their undivided attention. This is a personal experience, from your first phone call to your follow up visits!”

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures were performed by board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States in 2018. The 5 most commonly performed procedures included breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and abdominoplasty. The rate of operative mortality associated with anesthesia and surgery in the outpatient setting (either in the operating room or in the postanesthesia care unit) has been estimated to be 0.25 to 0.50 per 100,000 outpatient procedures.


If you or a loved one were injured as a result of an outpatient cosmetic surgery procedure in Colorado or elsewhere in the United States that may be due to medical negligence, you should consult with a Colorado medical malpractice lawyer, or a medical malpractice lawyer in your U.S. state, who may investigate your cosmetic surgery claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a cosmetic surgery case, if appropriate.

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