A BEAUTY clinic owner who died during a botched boob job demanded more pain relief during the procedure, a court has been told.
During a bail hearing the NSW Supreme Court heard the University of Technology graduate nurse Yueqiong Fu, 29, who police allege was acting as anaesthetist during the breast augmentation surgery, was so incompetent she did not even know what drugs she was giving.
Crown solicitor David Laird told the court that during her police interview, Fu admitted she did not even know what the drugs tramadol and lidocaine were or what they did.
“When police asked her about the two bags of tramadol, she told them: ‘I don’t know what it does but I knew it was an anaesthetic’ and when they asked her about the lidocaine she again told them ‘I don’t know what that it is but I know it is a painkiller’,” Mr Laird said.
“She has prepared the bags not knowing what she was preparing and prepared them under instruction but not knowing what she is doing.
“She doesn’t even know the doctor’s name until after the incident had occurred.”
Tramadol is a pain reliever from the same family as morphine, codeine and oxycodone, while lidocaine is a medication used to numb tissue in a specific area.
Fu, who appeared via audiovisual link wearing a prison green jumper, is the second person charged over a fatal breast enlargement procedure on beauty business owner Jean Huang, 35, at The Medi Beauty Clinic Chippendale in early September.
The court has previously been shown CCTV footage of the 29-year-old, dressed in a surgical mask and gloves, inserting a cannula into Ms Huang and preparing the anaesthetic.
Ms Huang suffered a heart attack during the procedure and was rushed to hospital where she died several days later.
Another woman, Chinese tourist Jie Shao, 33, who police allege was an unqualified Chinese doctor, has also been charged over her death.
She is yet to enter a plea on a charge of manslaughter and administer poison and has also been refused bail.
In telling the court that Ms Huang had requested further painkiller, Fu’s barrister, Greg Smith SC, told the court his client “was just a worker” and felt pressured to perform the surgery because her boss, Ms Huang, had asked her to help perform the boob job.
“She was not performing the operation — the doctor injected the medication that was meant to have caused death, which was the lidocaine,” Mr Smith said.
“She followed instructions and put certain materials in a bag. But she is not claiming to be an experienced anaesthetist nurse.
“She didn’t know how much or what type of anaesthetic and it was the doctor who asked her to draw 10ml anaesthetic and 10ml of salty water. I confirmed with my client that this was 10ml each to put in the syringe, and she said, ‘Yes, I am doing so because that is what the doctor told me’.”
Fu has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, use poison so as to endanger life and hinder an investigation into an indictable offence.
It is alleged Shao injected Ms Huang with tramadol and lidocaine before injecting breast fillers.
During evidence Redfern LAC Detective Sgt Mark Peebles told the court Fu’s student visa had been revoked and if she was granted bail she would be detained by Australian Border Force officials and taken to Villawood Detention Centre.