Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed Over Liposuction Death

Medical malpractice lawsuit filed over liposuction deathThe family of a Washington woman who died a day after a liposuction procedure has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the clinic and the doctor who performed the procedure.

Aura Javellana was scheduled to receive a liposuction procedure to her abdomen and upper arms at the Sono Bello Body Contour Center in 2009, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Marco Sobrino, the surgeon who performed the procedure, and clinic staff are accused of failing to monitor Javellana prior to surgery, failing to warn her of the risks of liposuction, administering too much Lidocaine during the procedure and proceeding to send her home in a taxi cab alone after the procedure was complete.

Javellana died in a hotel room the next day; an autopsy revealed the cause of death as acute Lidocaine poisoning.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Lidocaine is a commonly-used local anesthetic. An overdose of the drug constitutes a medical emergency; untreated, it can lead to unconsciousness, respiratory problems and stopping of the heart.