Mother Dies Post-Op at Weston Plastic Surgery Clinic, Lawsuit Claims

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Less than a month after a woman died following a procedure at a Weston plastic surgery clinic, the family of another woman who died after treatment from that same clinic is now suing the practice.

James Howard, along with his six children, claim that Alyne Medical Rejuvenation Institute Inc. and surgeon Dr. Alberto Sant Antonio botched Kellee J. Lee-Howard's anesthesia, killing her, according to a lawsuit recently filed in the Broward County Civil Court. 


Court documents, which became public Monday, indicate that, on February 13, 2010, Kellee Howard went into Alyne for a liposuction procedure. She died the next day, allegedly of polydrug toxicity. 

Howard's husband and his lawyers claim that the clinic failed to "appropriately administer Lidocaine," a common anesthetic. 

The recent filing comes on the heels of another Alyne-related death as well as continued reports of plastic-surgery-related fatalities at popular South Florida clinics

On June 11, Maria Shortall also went into Alyne for a $3,600 liposuction procedure. The 38-year-old mother of two stopped breathing midoperation. The housekeeper was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.


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Sam
Sam

How many patients have to die before (1) other patients realize that paying rock bottom for lipo in an out patient setting might be the wrong way to go (2) they figure out how to check doctor's backgrounds via the ACHA website (its pretty easy) and (3) the AMA, Florida DOH or some other agency regulates this out of being. 

Yreyes
Yreyes

I have a July 18th schedule for a similar surgery, but I want to cancel.  Am I entitled to a full refund?  Please advice.Thanks

michael wind
michael wind

thisdoctor who also has a office in hallandale beach has been administering lidocaine without proper training for a long time and the entire staff at both location and his previous wife was aware of this,they all must be held liabale for this tragedy,including dentist in the same plaza,and yes what about health inspectors they also need to be held accountable,thank you.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

No problem. As soon as the Republicans in the legislature hear about this, they'll pass a malpractice protection bill that will limit this family's damage amount to 50 cents. Situation normal in Tallahassee.

Satisfied patient
Satisfied patient

How can you say that he isn't trained to administer lidocaine? He was a surgeon for many years before doing this. And let's get this corrected the procedure that is being performed is not surgery whatsoever. I've had the procedure and I'm fine and didn't have any complications. This is an elective procedure and nobody is forcing you to do this. I am a health care professional and I did all my research before I went to him and knew all about him. He has completed thousands of these procedures and yes these two individuals have passed but that's the risk you take. Make sure you know what your signing before you sign it. I pray for their families hearts and may God bless them.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Actually, there are already a significant number of laws in existence that will limit what the Estate can recover on behalf of the deceased. Their claim is now worth substantially less from a damages standpoint than it would have been 5-8 years ago.

And yes, the putrid and despicable Republican party is solely responsible for these new laws.

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