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Woman Dies of Blood Clot After Plastic Surgery

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 3:39pm PDT

One Jacksonville woman, Brooke Boon, was 39-years-old at the time of her death—which resulted from a blood clot after a four-hour plastic surgery procedure. Commonly referred to as a "Mommy Makeover," Boon decided to undergo a variety of plastic surgery procedures, one being a tummy tuck, after giving birth to her second son in June of 2010. Shortly after, Boon collapsed in her home and later died of a pulmonary embolism that had developed in her lung. Now her husband, David Boon, is filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the two doctors that he believes to be responsible for his late wife's untimely death.

The lawsuit alleges that Brooke's primary care physician, Gary Glicksteen, and the plastic surgeon that had performed the various procedures, Daniel Calloway, are responsible for her wrongful death. Previous to the surgery, both doctors allegedly knew that Brooke was taking oral contraceptives and did not advise her to stop. The birth control pill, Yasmin, which she was taking, posed a serious risk of fatal blood clots if its use was not discontinued before a major surgery. David Boon's attorney cited the Physician's Desk Reference when he explained that "oral contraceptives should be discontinued from at least four weeks prior to and for two weeks after elective surgery."

Since there is evidence to prove that both doctors had been aware of Brooke's continued use of birth control before and after the surgery, her husband is now holding both parties responsible for her preventable death. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a direct result of medical malpractice, you too should not hesitate to pursue rightful compensation. Negligence on the part of a medical professional should not be tolerated— especially when it has caused the unnecessary death of a patient that was put under their care—so if you have been forced to suffer a similar loss, contact a personal injury attorney today.

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