DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating the death of a woman who was getting a cosmetic procedure done at the Seduction Medical Center in Doral before having an emergency, Thursday.
Miami-Dade crime scene specialists responded to the Doral center after officials said someone called around 9 a.m. reporting that a female patient was having a medical emergency.
According to police, 30-year-old Lattia Baumeister from Rock Island, Illinois was transported from the facility, located at 2500 NW 107th Avenue in Doral, to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where she later died.
Dr. Ozek Omulepu performed the procedure. Florida Health officials had revoked his license after he was accused of harming patients, but he was allowed to practice while he appealed the decision to the Florida Medical Board.
Dr. Omulepu’s attorney, Monica L. Felder Rodriguez, released a statement. “Dr. Omulepu is absolutely devastated by the complication that occurred in this case. This is the first patient death he has had. Although what happened has been widely documented as a complication of the procedure the patient underwent, it is not a situation any surgeon wants to have, nor does it make this any easier for the patient’s family or for him. We ask the media respect the patient’s family during this difficult time.”
Seducation Medical Center has been shut down by the city, with a code violation notice on the door. The notice states that no operations will be allowed until all doctors operating there are registered with the city.
According to the cosmetic center’s website, the owners of the Doral medical center also operate the Seduction by Jardan’s Cosmetic Center in Aventura where two women suffered medical emergencies while having Brazilian butt lift procedures in March.
Those two women, Crystal Call and Shaberiya Hill, were taken to Aventura Hospital on the same day.
Call, who had complications during her surgery in March came from New York. “I’m just glad that I survived,” she said.
The procedure was expected to last a couple hours. “I was supposed to be out by 2 p.m. When they said it was 7, I was like, ‘Why am I still here?'” Call said.
After noticing something was wrong, Call’s mother demanded that she be transported to the emergency room.
“I said, ‘I need to call an ambulance,'” Maria Basham said. “They said, ‘No, no.’ I said, ‘You either call the ambulance, or I’m calling the cops.'”
The emergency doctor told Call that she could have died if they waited a few more hours.
Hill was also hospitalized after her Brazilian butt lift procedure. “An hour went by, two hours, three hours later, still my daughter didn’t come out,” said Marilyn Kaze.
“Both patients had severe bleeding, which required blood transfusions and intensive care stay,” Aventura Hospital plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua Lampert said back in March.
It is still too early to tell what led to the death of Thursday’s victim. Miami-Dade Police detectives will continue to look into this case.
7News crews reached out to Seduction Cosmetics about the incident, but they declined to respond.
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