Arizona residents who are thinking of undergoing a cosmetic procedure may be alarmed to learn that a botched breast augmentation surgery left a Florida woman with indefinite brain damage. The woman, who was 18 when the surgery was performed in 2013, subsequently spent two weeks in a coma, and her mother says that she is now only able to say a handful of words, cannot eat on her own or stand unassisted for more than a few seconds.
According to a complaint filed by the Florida Department of Health, the doctors involved failed to allow sufficient air to enter the woman's lungs as they worked for more than 30 minutes to resuscitate their unresponsive patient. The surgery was performed at a Miami clinic, and a background check performed on the surgeon could have raised a number of red flags. Media reports indicate that the man has a checkered criminal history, including a prison sentence in 2006 for selling prescription drugs online.
The Florida Department of Health announced on May 18 that the surgeon was once more allowed to practice medicine after paying a $10,000 fine and attending 15 hours of medical education for the mistakes he made during the woman's surgery. The woman has not been as fortunate, and a GoFundMe page has been set up on her behalf to raise the funds necessary for her ongoing medical treatment.
Cases such as this one serve as a reminder of the potential consequences of surgical errors. An attorney with legal experience in medical malpractice cases may be able to assist a victim of a botched surgery file a lawsuit that could recover damages.