Plastic Surgery Patient Dies After Procedure at Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center

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Less than two weeks removed from a New Times cover story exposing the deaths at one of South Florida's most popular plastic surgery centers, the cops are looking into a suspicious death that occurred Saturday after a woman stopped breathing during a cosmetic surgery procedure at another plastic surgery joint.

Maria Shortall, a 38-year-old Davie resident, stopped breathing around 3 p.m. Saturday while having a procedure done at Alyne Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Weston.

Shortall was taken by paramedics to the Cleveland Center Hospital, where she was pronounced dead around 4 p.m.

The case is currently being investigated by homicide detectives of the Broward Sheriff's Office, although they're not providing much detail.

An autopsy was performed yesterday by the county medical examiner, and the cause of death is currently pending.

Homicide detectives aren't going to release specifics about the procedure done on Shortall until further in the investigation, the BSO's Veda Coleman-Wright says in a statement.

Given the involvement of the county's homicide squad, it looks like the BSO might have a decent suspicion of what happened during Shortall's procedure.


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davesmears79
davesmears79

This is a really sad thing that happened and in this day and age you'd think this could've been prevented!  I just had a Smartlipo in Palm Beach and had no complications at all.  I'd recommend Radiance MedSpa in Palm Beach Gardens for any cosmetic procedure.  http://www.radianceofpalmbeach.com

anesthesia error compensation
anesthesia error compensation

When a patient undergoes a surgery, doctors often use anesthesia, which allows the patient to enter an unconscious or semi-conscious state in the absence of pain. However it is considered safe but anesthesia errors can be made leading to disastrous consequences. Anyone who has suffered injury or death because of an anesthesia error is eligible to seek compensation for your damages.

Boyd
Boyd

Was the procedure done under anesthesia? If so, a qualified anesthetist should have been present. If not, it could have been a severe reaction to whatever was given to the patient for the procedure.

Airsnooze
Airsnooze

This is not a surprize. These clinics try to cut corners whereever they can. An Anesthetist, either a CRNA or MDA should have been present at minimum. It is a fact that Dental offices are allowing EMT's Paramedics to push drugs and sedate patients with drugs that a Mastered degree nurse cannot. GI clinics are trying to do the same. Insurance Companys should be notified and these practices should be regulated and stopped. A fireman is not a replacement for qualified Nurses, and Anesthetists

Rena Graham
Rena Graham

Vanity is usually seen in the realm of the young and single, those who are older, and especially those in a long-term relationship,should be more comfortable with their natural looks, therefore the middle aged who take this path are displaying a weakness in their personalities.., rhinoplasty

asian cosmetic surgery
asian cosmetic surgery

I think it is pretty sad that we don’t have better clinical endpoints and quality of care transparency for medical procedures. All of these frums for talking about cosmetic surgery don’t really help you all that much because they are so high level. eyelid surgery

Dr Leonard Tachmes
Dr Leonard Tachmes

The doctor performing the procedure was not a plastic surgery.  also, most likely the procedure was being done under local anesthesia without adequate monitoring of the patient's vital signs by an anesthesiologists.  Actually, liposuction if done properly, is one of the safest cosmetic surgery procedures every day.  Be certain to choose a board certified plastic surgeon with significant experience in liposuction...

Dr Tachmeswww.TachmesMD.om

LocalDude
LocalDude

was an anesthesiologist    present?  for a general you want that!  not uncommon to occur in dentist office either! 

you want an anesthesiologist!    and there is a reason the malpractice ins is so high! its dangerous!

TheSenator1
TheSenator1

Many of these doctors are in impaired professional programs, doing drugs themselves, abusing narcotics.  They put on a white coat and people trust.  Amazing.

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