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Woman Dies of Heart Attack During Cosmetic Surgery

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  December 17, 2010 at 8:12 PM Medico Legal News   - G J E 4
A surgeon and anesthetist went ahead with plastic surgery on a woman despite knowing nothing about her rare blood disorder. Doctors continued operating Kelly McLure, 31, even after she suffered a cardiac arrest at the private Belvedere Hospital, in Kent. She suffered from brain damage during the operation and died 6months later.
 Woman Dies of Heart Attack During Cosmetic Surgery
Woman Dies of Heart Attack During Cosmetic Surgery
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An inquest into her death heard that the deceased suffered from anti thrombin III deficiency that left her prone to deep vein thrombosis (DVT). An hour after the operation began, her pulse dropped because of severe blood loss and she went into cardiac arrest. She was in that state for 10 minutes, while Dr Moustafa tried to resuscitate her. The paramedics team was kept waiting for 45 minutes while Dr. Edward Latimer-Sayer, her surgeon and Dr Ahmed el Sayed Moustafa, the anesthetist, finished with the nose job and chin procedure.

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Dr. Keith Woods, Mrs. McClure's hematologist, had warned her about the unacceptable high risks associated with her case. However, the operating surgeon and anesthetist were unaware of Dr. Wood's concerns. The surgeon said, "I did not feel the need to contact Dr Wood as Mrs. McLure had disclosed her illness. I virtually did not know anything about this condition. The anesthetist expressed familiarity with it and could have refused to undertake the operation." While the anesthetist said, "I was probably told about Mrs. McLure's disorder but he had not sought the advice of a hematologist." The anesthetist also admitted that until the day of the operation he had not discussed the patient's condition with his colleague. The inquest is still ongoing at the Southwark Coroner's Court in London.

Source: Medindia
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