Healthy and vibrant law graduate, 25, dies on the operating table during liposuction op

A HEALTHY 25-year-old law student has died of cardiac arrest during liposuction surgery.

Dayana Loy de Oliveira Freire from Brazil paid BRL50,000 (£8,200) for the fat removal with the money she saved.

A law student died on the operating table during liposuction


A law student died on the operating table during liposuctionPhoto credit: Jam Press

But during surgery on September 13, her heart rate slowed as her liposuction incisions were closed, resulting in cardiac arrest.

Cardiac arrest is the ultimate medical emergency when the heart stops beating and the person is clinically dead.

The plastic surgeon Dr. Bruno Granieri and his team at the Jacob Facuri Hospital in Goiânia, Brazil, tried to revive the girl for three hours, but to no avail.

Her devastated father, Duilio Alves Freire, told local media: “She was 25 years old, had no disease, was in perfect condition before surgery and came out dead.”

Police in Goiás state are now investigating the case after Dayana’s family reported the incident.

They are treating her death as an “accident” pending the forensic report.

The overall complication rate for liposuction is five percent, with most problems being minor.

However, research has shown that up to one in 5,000 procedures results in deaths unrelated to the surgery.

The procedure involves suctioning small areas of fat to change the shape of the body.

After studying law, Dayana worked as an office assistant.

According to her uncle Gilberto Martins, Dayana was a “vibrant” girl.

“She was a very responsible girl, educated, independent and always took care of her grandmother and mother,” he explained.

Luciana Castro, Dr. Bruno said the doctor was deeply sorry for the loss of his patient, but assured that she was treated correctly during the procedure.

He said: “The patient experienced an incident during the procedure and the entire medical team present immediately followed the prescribed protocols for the case.”

“We must emphasize here that medicine is not an exact science and complications and incidents can occur in any field, regardless of the skills of the supporting professionals, and that patients are properly informed of the risks, sign an informed consent and understand all the possibilities the indicated treatment.”

What is cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest is when your heart suddenly stops pumping blood throughout your body.

There may be no symptoms at all before cardiac arrest. Johns Hopkins Medicine said, but some may have:

  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea
  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations (fast or pounding heartbeat)
  • unconsciousness

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, they suddenly collapse and are:

  • unconsciously
  • does not react
  • They are not breathing or not breathing normally – they may make wheezing noises

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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