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Liposuction death: Family seeks $3.5m from docs, clinic

Published on Aug 22, 2014 10:55 AM

The family of real estate firm boss Franklin Heng, who died after he was given too much anaesthesia during a liposuction procedure, is claiming at least $3.5 million from the two doctors and the clinic involved in the operation.

A five-day High Court hearing began yesterday to determine how much his mother, former wife and two children can get from the defendants in damages.

The doctors - Dr Jim Wong Meng Hang, 38, and Dr Zhu Xiu Chun, 51 - admitted liability for Mr Heng's death two years ago.

The chief executive of YTL Starhill Global Reit Management was 44 when he died in 2009 after the aesthetic procedure. A coroner's inquiry found he suffocated when his airway collapsed because of the heavy sedation.

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