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Widener Commonwealth Law School

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Unlicensed Surgery

Unlicensed surgery, it seems, may be more common than at least I thought.

Fabiola DePaula's quest for beauty took her to a condominium basement, where authorities say she paid an unlicensed doctor $3,300 for a nose job and liposuction performed on a massage table.

But something went terribly wrong and the 24-year-old nanny died, exposing what investigators say was an underground cosmetic-surgery network used by immigrants from Brazil - a country whose women are world-famous for their beauty and their willingness to go under the knife to achieve it.

Yikes.  For profs who start off with negligence, this might be a useful story for discussing the standard of care of professionals and of those who hold themselves out as professionals.

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