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Doctor prohibited from performing cosmetic surgical procedures

Thousands of people across the country undergo cosmetic procedures every day for a variety of different reasons. For example, a person living in Louisiana might undergo such a procedure for health reasons, while another person might undergo the same procedure for personal reasons. After the death of a patient, a doctor has been prohibited from performing surgical procedures, such as liposuction and other fat transfer procedures. 

The patient, a 40-year-old woman, died while undergoing a popular procedure known as a Brazilian butt lift. During this procedure, fat is suctioned from the patient using a medical instrument called a cannula. This fat is then treated and grafted onto the patient. However, rather than grafting the suctioned fat onto the woman, the doctor injected it into her buttocks. An autopsy later revealed that the needle had been injected so deep into the patient that it had hit the gluteal vein, which allowed clots of fat to travel through the woman's body. 

Negligence leads to fatal fetal injury

Pregnancy is, for many Louisiana residents, something to be celebrated. For many people, having a child is a part of what makes their families complete. Soon-to-be parents, especially first-time parents, can sometimes be overly cautious because any illness that the mother suffers has the potential to affect the unborn child. One mother's unborn child suffered an ultimately fatal fetal injury because doctors failed to properly treat her illness. 

In 2012, a 23-year-old woman went to a local hospital complaining of pain in her right side as well as a urinary tract infection. Doctors determined that the patient was suffering from kidney stones. However, even though an ultrasound revealed several kidney stones and she was still experiencing other symptoms, the young woman was released within 24 hours of seeking medical help without any antibiotics. These symptoms included increased heart rate, fever and nausea. 

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Paramedics blamed in malpractice case

In an emergency, paramedics are usually among the first to arrive on the scene, as many Louisiana residents are aware. Treatments administered by these individuals are, for many, the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, the family of a 30-year-old mother of two has filed a malpractice lawsuit, accusing a team of paramedics of failing to administer potentially lifesaving treatments to the now deceased woman. 

Five days before paramedics were called to treat her, the 30-year-old woman gave birth to her second child via caesarian section. The paramedics were called because the mother had been showing signs of having a stroke. She was reportedly passed-out and drooling. 

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Lawsuits filed after surgical procedures fail

The term "experimental" may hold very different meanings for different patients. To a patient with a terminal illness or potentially fatal injury, an experimental treatment may be the difference between life and death, but to a patient with a non-life threatening illness or injury, an experimental treatment may be something to be cautious of. Many Louisiana residents may be particularly cautious of experimental surgical procedures

In 2016 and 2017, a patient underwent a biojoint surgery on both of his knees. His doctor had recommended this procedure instead of a standard knee replacement surgery. This surgery uses the bone and cartilage from a donor to repair or replace damaged parts of a patient's knee. The patient stated in his lawsuit that he was misled and was not aware that the procedure was experimental until after the surgery had been done.