Woman Dies After Liposuction Procedure ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Monday, January 3, 2011

Woman Dies After Liposuction Procedure

A wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit was filed last week after 28-year-old, Aura Javellana died after undergoing a liposuction procedure of her abdomen and upper arms. According to the lawsuit Surgeon Marco Sobrino performed the liposuction, but failed to keep track of how much Lidocaine, an anesthetic, was injected into his patient’s body. According to the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission’s charging document, Sobrino’s medical assistant could not recall how many bags of the Lidocaine solution were used. Medical investigators contended Sobrino did not monitor Javellana or document the amount of nitrous oxide and Lidocaine being administered at the time. They said Sobrino left the clinic after the procedure was completed, but never verified if Javellana was in stable condition. The charge document noted that the doctor never gave Javellana replacement fluids and failed to track the amount of “material” removed during the procedure. When no one came to pick Javellana up, Sono Bello staff put her in a cab. She was apparently never given any further instruction or a follow-up number. Javellana died the following day. According to an autopsy report, the patient suffered acute poisoning from Lidocaine. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Javellana’s estate, as well as her mother and sister, seeks unspecified damages. The state’s charges against the doctor are pending.

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