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Teen suffers debilitating brain injury after breast augmentation

Boston patients choose whether to undergo elective surgeries. Middlesex County doctors cannot reduce the standards of care because surgeries are optional. Quality treatment is required, whether a surgeon performs a life-saving operation or a cosmetic procedure.

The parents of an 18-year-old, who suffered brain damage following a breast augmentation, are preparing to file a personal injury lawsuit. The patient had the elective surgery in August, but an hour into recovery complications developed.

The woman, the mother of a 4-year-old child, remained in a coma for two months. When the teen woke up, physicians advised the family to end life support. The patient survived, but lost the ability to care for herself and her son.

The stricken woman was moved into her family's home in November. Loved ones are responsible for her round-the-clock care. The teen no longer talks or walks and cannot attend to any personal needs, including feeding and bathing.

She does respond to the desperate physical state with tears, according to her mother. The young woman's parents asked for legal help to become guardians of their grandson and sue the clinic that allegedly botched the surgery.

The surgeon suggested the patient hid important medical information to make certain the breast augmentation would be performed. The clinic's attorney said a request to obtain the teen's health care records, particularly child birth and toxicology reports, have been withheld.

The clinic believes the patient had previous post-surgical difficulties with anesthesia in the past, a claim the teen's family denies.

The physician expected to be named in the malpractice suit has never been sued for malpractice, but the anesthesiologist was. Another augmentation patient died under the anesthesiologist's care. The man also has a past drug trafficking conviction.

Many brain injuries cause irreversible damage but injured patients, or families on the victim's behalf, may turn to a civil court to seek compensation for medical negligence.

Source: Fox News Latino, "Boob Job Leaves Miami Teen With Brain Damage; Family Sues Clinic For Malpractice" No author given, Feb. 04, 2014

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