- A woman died in Florida at a plastic surgery clinic
- She was undergoing a liposuction
- Police launched a homicide investigation
A 32-year-old woman from Antigua, died as a result of a liposuction procedure she underwent at a clinic in Miami. Her heart apparently stopped beating.
Mother-of-two Nikisha Lewis, who was also married, had flown to the Florida city on Monday and checked herself at Spectrum Aesthetics. Sometime around 5:30 pm, 911 received a call from an unidentified person at the clinic, stating she was not breathing.
Police authorities are now investigating the cause of her death, within their homicide division, and the clinic is also making its own review of the tragic incident.
Plastic surgery liposuction procedures are very common, and are performed fairly quickly. Statistics show there is around one in 10,000 death cases with this surgery.
Autopsy results might take weeks. A doctor called Rami Ghurani was Lewis' surgeon. He is declaring through his lawyer for now, sending written condolences to her 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,” the statement read.
The clinic has also published a statement of its own, in which they declare “Spectrum Aesthetics is a proud member of the South Florida community and is committed to upholding the highest standards of medical care and patient safety,” adding that they are “conducting a comprehensive investigation into the matter [and] cooperating with state officials to determine the cause of the incident”.