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Liposuction Surgeon Jailed Over Patient Death

Posted Sep 29 2009 12:00am

The Independent has a story of a liposuction-related death in Marbella. A high profile patient died after some pretty nasty events occurred at surgery”


During her treatment at the Molding, Marbella’s biggest plastic surgery clinic, the court heard that a tube used to remove fat was placed by mistake in the patient’s abdominal cavity, puncturing her colon and cutting into her liver.

[A] court in Malaga convicted cosmetic surgeon Antonio Mena Molina of negligent homicide, sentencing him to a year in prison, fining him €120,000 (£110,000) and banning him from practicing medicine for three years.

It makes you wonder what exactly were the circumstances. Mistakes can happen, but was something not right here that made it much more likely? A criminal conviction after a plastic surgery related death is uncommon unless something else is awry at least in California. This is definitely surgical tourism gone bad.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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