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REPORT: Family Sues Doctor After Woman Died From Punctured Internal Organs During Butt Lift Operation

A family filed a lawsuit Monday after a mother of five died after undergoing Brazilian butt lift (BBL) surgery in Miami, NBC News reported Thursday.

Erica Russell, 33, of Tennessee, sought treatment at Seduction Cosmetic Center in Coral Gables, Florida, in June 2021, NBC News report. But the lawsuit alleges that the BBL was in a fatal situation when Russell's doctor, John Sampson, allegedly inflicted severe internal injuries that led to Russell's untimely death, according to the paper. There is.

The lawsuit filed by Russell's family in Miami-Dade County alleges that Sampson used a cannula to puncture Russell's liver, bladder and intestines during the surgery, the newspaper reported. Just over two hours after the surgery, Russell went into cardiac arrest and died, NBC reported. According to the paper, an autopsy revealed that the cause of death was a pulmonary fat embolism, hemorrhage from liposuction and bilateral buttock augmentation surgery.

According to a report by NBC News, the family's attorney said the suit also alleges that Sampson was not authorized to perform surgery at the facility and that Seduction Cosmetic Center did not allow Sampson to undergo plastic surgery at a local hospital. The lawsuit also alleges that he provided misleading documents that falsely stated he had the privilege of performing cosmetic surgery, NBC News reported. (Related: Model says surgery left her breasts almost 'mushy')

The outlet reported that Sampson faces permanent restrictions on his BBL performance since September 2022.

Russell's butt lift surgery was Sampson's seventh of the day, according to the complaint, and began after he had worked nearly 14 hours, NBC News added.

“We've all had long days at work, but that work doesn't usually end with someone else's death,” the family's attorney said in a statement. statement. “This type of behavior should not be tolerated in our community. Our office looks forward to moving this case forward and holding these defendants accountable for their actions.”

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