Doctors, nurses in fatal lipo face raps for obstruction of justice
The special investigation team tasked to look into the death of a 29-year-old businesswoman at a plastic surgery clinic in Mandaluyong City will file charges of obstruction of justice against the medical personnel involved in the multiple procedures.
In Thursday’s case conference at the Eastern Police District headquarters, Senior Supt. Marcelino Pedrozo, head of Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Shiryl Saturnino, said they would charge Dr. Samuel Eric Yapjuangco, anesthesiologist Dr. Jose Jovito Mendiola and three nurses with violating Republic Act 2332 or the Medical Practice Act of 1959.
On top of obstruction of justice, the five personnel of The Icon Clinic on Shaw Boulevard will also face charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
Saturnino died on March 26 inside the clinic in Mandalyong City after undergoing three procedures simultaneously: breast revision, liposuction and butt surgery.
Pedrozo said the respondents failed to submit after five working days their affidavits and documents such as the cardiopulmonary clearance, documents stating the surgical operative technique, complete hospital chart and progress notes of the patient.
“They are hiding something. They are delaying, concealing and suppressing the submission of documents necessary to the case,” Pedrozo added.
At the case conference, Dr. Jane Munzon, a histopathologist at the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory, said that Saturnino died of a fat embolism.
“There was fat in the blood vessels which entered into her lungs, making it hard for her to breathe,” she explained.
“We cannot control fat embolism. It’s beyond the control of surgeons. But research shows when an emboli develops, trauma could be its number one cause. If [the operation is] traumatic, there’s more chance of fat embolism,” Munzon said.
Earlier, authorities said that based on autopsy results, Saturnino died due to multiple organ failure.
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