Nurse Says She's 'Sorry' Over Fatal Breast Enlargement
A Chinese nurse unregistered in Australia says she's remorseful for her role in a botched breast filler procedure that killed the boss of a Sydney beauty salon.
A nurse has told a court she'd never administered anaesthetic before assisting in a botched breast filler surgery that killed her beauty salon boss in Sydney.
Jean Huang, 35, died days after having a seizure during a breast enlargement procedure in her Medi Beauty clinic in Chippendale on August 30, 2017.
The nurse in that procedure -- Chinese woman Yueqiong Fu, 31 -- on Friday pleaded guilty to recklessly administering anaesthetic that endangered life and to lying to police.
She told Downing Centre District Court she'd worked at the clinic for three months, had a nursing degree from a Sydney university and clinical experience in China.
But Fu conceded she'd never prepared local anaesthetic before she filled several syringes with lignocaine and saline for Ms Huang's procedure.
"At that time, I was just using Chinese thinking for (obeying the) doctor's instruction," she told her sentence hearing on Friday.
The husband of the victim sobbed in court as he explained he was planning a "full life" with his wife before the "irreversible" change to their lives in August 2017.
The nurse said she was remorseful for her role in the procedure.
"Before I do anything, I should know what things I do and what things I can't do," Fu said.
She has since agreed to give evidence in the manslaughter trial of the Chinese doctor involved in the procedure -- granting her a substantial reduction to her eventual sentence.
That sentence will be handed down by Judge Sharon Harris on May 17.
Prosecutors agree something other than jail would be an appropriate sentence but reject Fu's argument she should escape without a conviction.