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Published On: Tue, May 29th, 2018

Bride Suffers Brain Damage During Routine Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery Is Not As Safe As We Think.

The risks associated with Cosmetic Surgery are numerous from failed surgery to infections even death, but we typically do not consider brain damage as a risk when undergoing cosmetic surgery. Unfortunately for the bride from Georgia, that is exactly what happened to her.

photo/ Gerd Altmann

The bride Icilma Cornelius wanted some Botox and other wrinkle treatment, for her upcoming wedding. When Dr. Windell Boutte consulted with Cornelius in her medical spa and cosmetic surgery center in Lilburn, Georgia, Dr. Boutte convinced Cornelius to also have a liposuction procedure done.

The cosmetic surgical center was not prepared to handle medical emergencies. So, when Cornelius’s heart stopped during surgery they had to call 911 for help. The paramedics who responded to the 911 call were able to get Cornelius’ heart restarted but couldn’t transport her to the hospital until her incisions were sutured close to prevent infections. The stretcher did not fit in to the elevator which used even more precious rime when the paramedics needed to carry Cornelius on the stretcher down the stairs. Once Cornelius made it to the hospital it was too late, she suffered massive permanent brain damage.

Cornelius’ son, Ojay Liburd, 26 years old, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Boutte.

“She just wanted to be perfect for her wedding dress,” Liburd said to Atlanta’s WSB-TV consumer investigator Jim Strickland. “She had everything going for her.”

Dr. Boutte has a checkered history with five medical malpractice settlements and now four pending lawsuits against her.

This was not the first lawsuit filed against Boutte, though. This is the fourth pending lawsuit against the doctor in addition to five medical malpractice settlements.

“We trust doctors and medical professionals with our lives. They, in turn, have an obligation to provide us, as patients, with a certain standard of care. When medical accidents occur, the results can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating.”, according to Cogan & Power, P.C..

Recent incredible surgery stories include the soldier who had her lost ear replaced by a new one grown on her arm, and the removal of a 132-pound ovarian tumor to save a woman’s life. However, for each positive story, there appears to be a medical malpractice story, such as the woman who was embalmed alive and the sterilization breach that placed patients of a Denver hospital at risk of diseases.

Fraud in cosmetic surgery is rampant. If you are thinking of getting an operation done soon, it would be best to thoroughly check the background and history of your doctor.

Author: Jacob Maslow

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