Doctor to Compensate Family of Rocker Shin Hae-chul

Michelle Jung, April 26, 2017, 9:38 a.m.

A celebrity doctor who is accused of malpractice leading to the death of rock singer Shin Hae-chul in October 2014 has been ordered to pay the bereaved family W1.59 billion in damages (US$1=W1,127).

The family originally sued Kang Se-hoon for W4.52 billion.

Shin had his stomach stapled at Kang's hospital in Seoul on Oct. 17, 2014. After the operation, Shin showed symptoms of peritonitis, suffering from high fever and intense pain and died 10 days later.

Shin's family argued that Kang performed additional surgery without Shin's consent and neglected his duty of care by failing to treat the patient properly after the surgery.

The Seoul Central District Court accepted that Kang failed to obtain Shin's consent for the additional procedures that probably led to Shin's death, which were not urgently unnecessary. "Even when Shin complained of extreme pain after the surgery, Kang did not check on him properly and just prescribed painkillers and tranquilizers," the court added.

In a separate criminal trial last year, Kang was also given a two-year suspended sentence.

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