Husband sues practice after wife dies from botched liposuction

The widower of a woman who died from a botched liposuction procedure has sued the practice in New Jersey where the procedure took place. The woman reportedly died after undergoing a liposuction procedure to remove fat from her upper body. The woman was a mother of three.

The lawsuit was filed by the husband on April 21 in Bergen County Superior Court. It claims that the procedure was performed on the woman by a father and son team of doctors. The woman reportedly underwent liposuction in both 2015 and 2016 at the practice.

One of the doctors claims that the woman was infected with a rare, flesh-eating bacteria suddenly that killed her. The doctor also claimed that it could have happened to anyone.

The victim died roughly one week after having surgery in 2016. There were no complications when the woman underwent a tummy tuck in October of 2015. In Feb. 25, 2016, the victim had a second procedure performed, which was done to remove fat from the upper arms. That weekend, the victim called complaining of severe pain.

She was advised to visit the office just four days after the procedure. When she did, the doctors noted arm tenderness that had fluid accumulation. According to the lawsuit, the victim was issued an antibiotic and was told to take it for 48 hours to see how she responded.

She then returned to the doctor on March 2 with erythema, unrelenting pain and tenderness. The doctors drained fluid from her upper body, but did nothing else. She went to the emergency room later that day and it was discovered she was suffering from an infection of the soft-tissue in both of her arms.

The victim was sent to Westchester Medical Center in New York and admitted to the trauma surgery center on March 3. A host of problems occurred, including septic shock, cardiac arrest and failure of multiple organs. She was declared brain dead on March 6.

An experienced medical malpractice attorney can answer all of your questions about how to seek compensation when a doctor fails to treat an infection in Tucson, Arizona.

Source:, "Mom of 3 died after botched liposuction surgery, husband says in suit," Anthony Attrino, May 03, 2017

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