November 12, 2014 12:17
The late singer-songwriter Shin Hae-chul's family on Tuesday unveiled x-ray images of his abdomen taken before and after intestinal surgery. They were trying to rebut claims by the celebrity surgeon who performed the operation that he did not cause a perforation to the pericardial sac surrounding Shin's heart that is being blamed for his death.
A medical expert who saw the images said, "The intestines are largely free of any marks before surgery, but the x-ray taken after the operation shows air outside of the intestines, water in the left lung and a slightly swollen heart."
Song Gyo-young at Seoul St. Mary's Hospital said, "Looking at the air outside of his intestines, we can assume that a perforation caused air to seep out, but they could also stem from air that got trapped there following abdominal surgery, so it’ difficult to reach conclusions from the x-rays alone."
But Song added a CAT scan should have been conducted.
The surgeon, Kang Se-hoon, told police that he did not deem it necessary for the singer to undergo a CAT scan and that Shin checked himself out of hospital after surgery even though hospital staff tried to stop him.
Meanwhile, Shin's widow Yoon Won-hee appeared before police for questioning on Tuesday afternoon. Afterwards she told reporters, "I believe Dr. Kang knows the truth and there is no dispute over that. Anyone can make mistakes, but failing to be honest only causes more pain for the family."
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