A WOMAN has won £10million in a lawsuit after a ‘botched’ mummy makeover left her permanently disfigured and left with rotting skin.
Nasra Elmi from Washington, USA underwent several invasive cosmetic surgeries although her poorly controlled diabetes made her not a suitable candidate.
dr Kristine Brecht, Surgeon at Aesthetic Rejuvenation & Spa, Washington, performed multiple site liposuction, breast augmentation, body lift, fat transfer and tummy tuck over two days in September 2020.
The lawsuit, which was settled in June 2022, said the surgeries were “below the standard of care” and left Nasra “brutally and permanently disfigured.”
After the surgeries, it turned out that Nasra’s wounds were no longer healing and that her breasts and the new distribution of fat were uneven.
She subsequently developed infections around the surgical sites, which led to a breakdown of the skin called necrosis, which oozed yellow pus.
During follow-up visits, the doctor praised her own work and dismissed Nasra’s health concerns, saying she had “sensitive skin” and was a “slow healer.”
Loud aa Opinion of the patient’s attorneys dr Kristine also hadn’t warned Nasra about the risks involved in performing the procedures on someone with diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to poor circulation, which reduces blood flow to extremities such as the hands and feet.
This can result in slower healing and a weaker immune response, meaning wounds can become easily infected, according to the NHS.
Instead of warning the patient about possible complications, the doctor convinced Nasra that the surgeries would improve her diabetic condition.
The doctor also failed to tell the patient that she needed to stop smoking to ensure proper healing.
The lawsuit also alleges that the surgeries cut off too much skin, resulting in excessive scarring on the patient.
It also turned out that the doctor had used a cocktail of oral sedatives during the operation instead of general anesthesia, resulting in memory loss in the patient.
The doctor previously used handcuffs and weights to hold other patients during surgery, it said.
Nasra’s skin necrosis shrank over time and the wounds healed, but she remains in severe pain to this day.
The patient has since been awarded £10m (US$13m) for damages and future losses, while Dr. Kristine’s medical clearance has been suspended.