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Florida Woman, 37, Ends Up Brain Dead After Liposuction Procedure

A 37-year-old mother of three is on life-support after going to a Weston, Fla. beauty clinic for a routine liposuction procedure, the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports on its Web site.

The attorney for the physician who performed the procedure at Weston Medspa said Rohie Kah-Orukotan, a nurse, did not suffer complications until the end of the procedure.

"She went in for a routine liposuction ... performed by (Dr. Omar J. Brito Marin) without any complications until the very end, at which time Dr. Brito immediately administered emergency care and called 911," attorney Brian Bieber told the Sun-Sentinel. "Paramedics arrived; they noted all emergency procedures put into place were proper."

State officials told the newspaper that the privately owned clinic is not licensed to perform liposuctions under general anesthesia. It could perform a scaled down version of a liposuction procedure while a patient is awake, however. Bieber said he didn't know which type of procedure Brito performed. State records show Brito is not a board certified plastic surgeon and has a background in occupational medicine.

Kah-Orukotan remained unconscious, with no brain activity, Wednesday at a Florida branch of the Cleveland Clinic, where her family is agonizing over whether to keep her on life support, the family's attorney said. It's been five days since Kah-Orukotan had the procedure.

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