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Plastic surgery is not without risk in some clinics

There are many people in Houston who would really like to have plastic surgery. Although the surgery may appear to be frivolous, many people have things they would like to change about their body. But plastic surgery can be very expensive. Houston residents who shop around for better prices on plastic surgery may find that with lower prices there can be quality and safety issues as well.

A mother is speaking out about a Florida clinic that performed plastic surgery on her then 18-year-old daughter that left her with severe brain damage. The girl traveled to Florida on promises of a breast augmentation surgery completed at a much cheaper price. Around five minutes after the surgery was completed her heart rate and blood pressure dropped significantly. She became unconscious and was barely breathing. The doctor tried to resuscitate her for 30 minutes and she was then transferred to a hospital where she was in a coma for weeks. She suffered severe brain damage due to lack of oxygen. When she was released from the hospital she couldn't move or speak and only weighed 30 pounds. She has since put on some weight but can only speak a few words and stand for just a few seconds.

Additional patients in South Florida cosmetic surgery clinics have suffered from similar injuries. One woman had surgery for a breast augmentation and liposuction and is now not able to move with a six inch lump on her hip. Another woman died after undergoing a fat transfer procedure where fat clots entered her bloodstream and caused her heart and lungs to fail. These and more than 45 other office surgery deaths were reported from 2000 to 2010 in Florida, which have many out-of-state visitors come for cheaper surgery.

If a patient believes they have been the victim of a surgical error, they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records and consult with medical experts to determine what happened to cause the injury. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

Source: sacbee.com, "Mother of girl brain-damaged by plastic surgery warns about clinics," Brenda Medina, May 25, 2016

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