A widower from Rockland County has received a monetary settlement of 2.3 million dollars against a Manhattan plastic surgeon after his wife died following a liposuction surgery procedure.
The New York Post reports that “even though Stanford University-trained Dr. Sharon Giese worked with the Food and Drug Administration’s liposuction safety squad, her 32-year-old patient Adriana Porras perished two days after receiving the procedure to her thighs and knees on June 25, 2009.”
The Manhattan Supreme Court has revealed that Adrianna Porras, who had an established medical history of obesity, died of a blood clot in her lung.
The New York Post indicates that Adrianna’s husband, “Nanuet resident Pablos Balzola, sued in October 2009, accusing the top doc of negligence, claiming she didn’t return calls to an emergency hotline when his wife started suffering from chest pain and shortness of breath post-surgery. Balzola’s medical expert, pathologist Mark Taff, said that if Porras had been treated for the symptoms, her ‘chance of survival would have been substantially increased,’ according to court papers. Giese’s experts countered that the clot traveled to her lung only 20 to 30 seconds before she died, so ‘there was no time to treat it.’
Pablos Balzola has additionally reported that Dr. Sharon Giese disregarded her own typical procedure by performing the complicated liposuction procedure in her East 61st Street townhouse office rather than a properly staffed and equipped hospital.Although the settlement was finalized at the end of April, the Manhattan Supreme Court was made public on Monday. The Court reveals that a portion of the payout, a purported 750,000 dollars, will be allocated in a trust for Porras’s children. “The family’s attorney, Elise Hagouel Langsam, will receive $365,000 in legal fees. The remainder will go to Balzola.”
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