Shiryl Saturnino, a 29-year-old businesswoman and model, made headlines recently because she died after undergoing three cosmetic procedures at The Icon Clinic in Mandaluyong City. She passed away on Sunday, March 26, hours after she went inside the clinic's operating room on Saturday, March 25. Read on to learn more about it.
Here are six things to know about the Shiryl Saturnino Case:
1. Dr. Samuel Eric Yapjuangco and Dr. Jose Jovito Mendiola performed liposuction, breast and butt augmentation on Saturnino.
Saturnino underwent three aesthetic procedures from 5 pm onwards on March 25. Doctors Yapjuangco, who is a surgeon, and Mendiola, an anesthesiologist, performed the said procedures on her. Unfortunately, she passed away at 3:21 am the following day, according to a report from Preen.inquirer.net.
Police investigation unit head Chief Inspector Jose Villarta said that Yapjuangco and Mendiola reported that the victim was about to be transferred to the recovery room when her heart stopped beating at 2:40 am. They tried to revive Saturnino and even called Makati Medical Center (MMC) for further assistance.
"Based on the doctors' statement, the procedures were done simultaneously. We are looking to ascertain if there was negligence on the doctors' part," Interaksyon reported Villarta as saying.
2. The police have yet to identify a suspect.
Mandaluyong City Police Chief Sr. Supt. Joaquin Alva has clarified that they have yet to identify a suspect in the Shiryl Saturnino case. He said that their investigators already spoke with the doctors. However, they are still preparing their statements and are asking for assistance from their lawyer.
"Ang pinaka magiging matibay na batayan natin ay yung resulta ng autopsy" ("The most reliable proof is the result of the autopsy)," GMA News Online reported Alva as saying.
Aside from Mendiola and Yapjuangco, The Icon Clinic's staff nurse Audrey Michelle, circulating nurse Virgil Alec Ongleo and nurse assistant Alvin Carl Genove also submitted their documents and licenses to the police.
3. Results of the autopsy and histopathological examination have not yet been released.
Aside from an autopsy, the Philippine National Police (PNP) crime laboratory also conducted a more thorough histopathological examination of the victim's body. Alva said that they are still waiting for the results of both tests. The tests usually take a month to finish, according to the crime lab.
He added that the results will help them figure out what really happened on the day Saturnino died. He also noted that if their investigation reveals that there was negligence on the doctors' part, they may face charges including reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
"If it was a simple heart attack, walang liability ang doctors (the doctors aren't liable)" SunStar Philippines reported Alva as saying. "But if it was a result of trauma or the medicines used on her, we will file criminal charges against the doctors as well as the nurses."
4. Shiryl's parents have not filed a case against The Icon Clinic.
Shiryl's mom and dad Noli and Shirley Saturnino, have not yet filed a case against the clinic because like the police, they are still waiting for the results of the investigation as well as the histopathological exam and autopsy.
They said that they actually had no idea about the cosmetic procedures that their daughter underwent. They only found out when they were informed of her death. However, the Saturnino family may still press charges against The Icon Clinic.
"We're contemplating on that, we're just waiting for the result of the histopathology exam," Dante Anabe, Shiryl's uncle, said.
5. The Saturnino family got a refund for Shiryl's aesthetic procedures.
Anabe also said that the family visited Icon Clinic on Tuesday afternoon and asked for a refund for the cosmetic procedures that were performed on his niece. He confirmed that Icon Clinic gave them a refund.
6. Icon Clinic is still "fully operational" as of Tuesday, March 28.
According to legal counsel Estelita Cordero, The Icon Clinic would fully cooperate with investigators. She also confirmed as of Tuesday, that the clinic remained "fully operational."
"It is our responsibility to inform the public about the truth and we are fully cooperating with the investigation," The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Cordero as saying. "We are also currently extending full support to the family of Ms Saturnino in their time of grief."
"We will provide the public with additional information once we have gathered all facts and official data. In the meantime, The Icon Clinic is fully operational in servicing our valued patients," she added.
Facebook (FB) reactions about Shiryl Saturnino's death:
"Gone too soon. Rest in peace cous, Shiryl..." Bunz Saturnino-Cuevas posted on her Facebook account, along with a photo of the victim.
"Condolence to the family of shiryl... stay strong. i hope that everything will be explained and people responsoble for her death must be liable for her sufferings during the operation... stay strong," Khristsonn Anne Villas wrote on the same FB post.
"Oh my! Rip sa pretty cuz mo bes!" Nolyn Girado - Cortez said.
"Condolence to the family..." Maria Ana Cuevas commented.
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