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Man in coma after clinic procedure; wife sues specialist

She alleges negligence, but doctor says patient was properly managed

Published on Oct 22, 2012 6:00 AM

A company director who underwent a colonoscopy at a clinic ended up in a coma and is now staying in a nursing home.

Mr Victor Heo's Hong Kong-based wife, Madam Carol Kwok, 50, is now suing, on his behalf, the specialist doctor who performed the procedure in 2008, alleging negligence.

She is seeking compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering, and her husband's loss of earnings, among other things. Mr Heo, 67, used to earn $290,000 a year just before the mishap.

Dr Cheng Jun, 57, who runs his own clinic at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, is denying the claims, pointing out that Mr Heo was properly managed and treated based on expected standards of care and competence.

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