Another Cosmetic Procedure Incident in Florida, This Time Ends In Death
Florida is a popular destination point for certain cosmetic procedures; in particular, one known as a Brazilian butt lift, which involves lifting fat from certain areas of the body such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, and/or back through liposuction and placing it in the patient’s butt in order to manipulate its size and shape.
However, that’s not to say that these procedures are without risk: Recently, a woman died while having one of these procedures done here in Florida at a medical center, and the doctor performing it—Dr. Osak Omulepu—was already under investigation for incidents related to performing this same procedure on several other patients.
A Doctor with a History of 12 Complaints
According to Florida Department of Health records, an order of emergency restriction of license was filed against Dr. Omulepu in February 2016. Omulepu was accused of injuring four patients in 2015 while he was with Encore Plastic Surgery, although he has had at least 12 formal complaints made against him in total. Some of the alleged mistakes that he made are quite alarming, and include such basic oversights as failure to use the correct proportion of anesthesia.
But perhaps the most obvious question in this case might be this: Why would a medical center hire a cosmetic surgeon who had 12 complaints lodged against him?
Additional Parties at Fault?
However, it is important to note that there may be other parties at fault as well: There are indications that Omulepu had been temporarily allowed to practice medicine while he was under investigation by a medical panel involved in the investigation.
In addition, reportedly, there was a violation notice posted on the door of the medical center where the death occurred—Seduction Cosmetic Center—indicating that it was closed due to emergency conditions involving a serious danger to the public’s health or safety after a code compliance investigation revealed multiple violations, including:
- Six medical doctors did not possess the mandatory city business license;
- Seduction was performing massage therapy without an active State of Florida massage therapy establishment license and active massage therapy establishment city business license;
- The massage therapists did not possess current city business licenses; and
- Seduction failed to obtain required building permits.
Omulepu’s previous clinic, Encore, has had a lawsuit filed against it by the family of Heather Meadows, who died after undergoing the Brazilian butt lift procedure there in May. The lawsuit alleges that Encore failed to have adequate policies and procedures in place for dealing with the medical emergency that led to Heather’s death. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner ruled that her death was due to a fat embolism, which can occur when fat is injected too deeply into the body, hitting the blood vessels. When fat gets into the bloodstream like that, it can cause someone to stop breathing, and send the patient into cardiac arrest.
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