“I am a student pilot and work 2 fulltime and a part time job to just support my family and myself,” a man wrote on the crowd-funding site GoFundMe. He said for years he had been “desperate” to have a surgery but had never been able to afford it. He needed 6.000 for the surgery.
Finally he had the operation to alleviate sleep apnoea, at Strathfield Private Hospital, on February 15. But it was not a good day for the 24-year-old Pouya Pouladian, who was a patient for Dr William Mooney, a well-known eastern suburbs cosmetic surgeon and TV personality. Mr. Pouladian died last Saturday after a decision was made to turn off his life support.
Pouya Pouladian and his girlfriend
Something wrong possibly happened during surgery. Dr Mooney says the evolution of the patient was not directly related to the surgery. Other doctors suspected Dr Mooney allegedly nicked an artery of his patient. “It hadn’t even been 24 hours and they were saying he has suffered severe brain damage, there is no chance of him recovering… We couldn’t even grasp what was happening. People were telling us he wasn’t going to make it, that he wasn’t going to survive,” the girlfriend of Mr Pouladian said to media. Strathfield Private HOspital has commenced an investigation, a spokesperson for the hospital said. The case has been referred to the Coroner.