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Vietnam police seek charges for doctor who dumped patient's body in river

Hanoi police have recommended that prosecutors press charges against a doctor who runs a private beauty clinic for allegedly throwing the dead body of a customer into a river, online newspaper VnExpress reported.


Although the body of the customer, Le Thi Thanh Huyen, has not been found yet, the police on Monday finalized investigations into the case.


They asked city prosecutors to press charges of "violating regulations related to medical treatment" and "violating a corpse" against Nguyen Manh Tuong, 41, the owner of Cat Tuong cosmetic surgery clinic.


They also recommended charges of "violating a corpse" and "thievery" against Dao Quang Khanh, 18, a security guard at the clinic.


Tuong faces up to 22 years in jail if convicted with both charges.


Police said they had collected enough evidence to prove that Tuong directly caused the death of Huyen while performing a breast enlargement surgery on her, then 39, on October 19, 2013 at his clinic.


He extracted fat from the woman's stomach and pumped it into her breasts, according to police.


After the surgery finished at 4 p.m. Huyen began to develop convulsions. She began foaming at the mouth 30 minutes later.


At around 5:40 p.m. she turned purple and had no pulse or blood pressure.


Tuong said he gave her anti-shock injections and put her on a breathing machine, to no avail.


He confessed that he told his employees to hide Huyen's files and himself took her body in his car to the river.


But he told his employees that he was taking her to a hospital for "emergency treatment."


He told Khanh to dump Huyen's motorbike and some other belongings somewhere else.


Khanh went with Tuong in the car to Thanh Tri Bridge, from where they admitted they threw the body into the Red River.


Huyen's husband found a receipt from the clinic and took it to the police.


They arrested Tuong on October 22. Khanh was also taken in for "violating a corpse." Police then found out Khanh had also stolen Huyen's iPhone after she died.


Despite strenuous efforts by her family, Huyen's body has yet to be found.


According to the Hanoi Health Department, Tuong's clinic is not licensed for cosmetic surgery.


Authorities at the state-owned Bach Mai Hospital, where Tuong has worked for more than five years, said they did not know he had a private clinic.


The clinic had 20 employees and was run by Tuong along with his wife, also a doctor at the state-owned E Hospital.


Tuong specializes in traumatology and orthopedics.


According to an official from the Ho Chi Minh City Cosmetic Surgery Association, the technique of using fat from one's body to enlarge breasts is not allowed in Vietnam.


Huyen's death has prompted authorities to inspect all clinics offering cosmetic surgery in the country. 

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