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Mommy Makeover Surgery Results in Death


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9/25/2010
Gerry Oginski
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Pregnancies and the birthing process can take a heavy toll on a woman’s body.  As a result, many women undergo one or more operations after bearing children to help them recover their appearance from before having kids.  Women undergo these operations to have a better future but mistakes made by plastic surgeons can mean that these women have no future at all.

That is what happened to a 36 year old woman in Virginia Beach, California, who had a breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction to help return her appearance to the way it was before she had four children.  Within forty hours of having the operation, the woman was dead.  After an autopsy, it was revealed that the woman suffered from aspiration pneumonia after contents of her stomach went up her esophagus and then went down into her lungs. Aspiration pneumonia is mostly seen in anesthesia cases where the anesthesiologist fails to recognize that the patient has vomited during surgery and then the stomach contents are inhaled into their lungs. The stomach contents are highly acidic and when they go into the lungs, can have a devastating and deadly effect.

Before leaving the hospital, the woman reported having shortness of breath and the attorney who represented the woman’s estate claimed she was “whisked out the door” by the hospital.  A jury returned a $1.9 million dollar verdict.
   
To learn more about how medical malpractice cases work here in New York, I encourage you to explore my website http://www.oginski-law.com. If you have legal questions, and I urge you to pick up the phone and call me at 516-487-8207 or by e-mail at [email protected] I welcome your call.

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Gerry Oginski
NY Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Trial Lawyer

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