Woman Dies after Liposuction Procedure in Miami Clinic

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Posted: March 9, 2017
  • A Caribbean woman died Monday, immediately after undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure in Miami.
  • The victim, 32-year-old Nikisha Lewis, underwent liposuction, and stopped breathing at some point after the surgery.
  • The Miami-Dade medical examiner has still not identified Lewis’ cause of death.

 

Local news outlets are reporting that a woman died on Monday, after receiving a cosmetic surgery procedure in Miami.

NBC Miami reports that 32-year-old Nikisha Lewis died after undergoing a liposuction treatment at Spectrum Aesthetics on Monday. While recovering at the clinic’s facilities after the procedure, at some point she stopped breathing. Though 911 was called, paramedics were not able to save her.

The Miami-Dade medical examiner has still not been able to determine what killed Lewis. Complications arising from liposuction include fat embolism, which can be deadly. NBC Miami reports that at least 10 women have died during or after cosmetic surgery procedures in the Miami area over the past 10 years.

The surgeon who performed Lewis’ surgery, Dr. Rami Ghurani, issued a statement reading:

"Our deepest condolences go out to the patient’s family. Dr. Ghurani is deeply saddened by the loss of his patient and offers his thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are unable to provide any details on the patient’s care and treatment due to privacy laws; however, Dr. Ghurani provided the highest level of care as he does with all patients."
Lewis worked as an immigration officer at an airport on her home island of Antigua. She is survived by her husband and children.