Weston, Florida—last Friday, Rohie Kah-Orukaton went to her favorite spa to have a routine liposuction procedure performed. However, the procedure, described as minimally invasive, went terribly awry. After suffering a seizure, the nurse and mother of three is brain dead and on life support at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida.
Mrs. Kah-Orukaton was a patron of the Weston spa for approximately five years prior to receiving the liposuction procedure. Apparently, the facility was not licensed to perform liposuction. However, Doctor Omar J. Brito, the doctor who performed the procedure, is licensed. Furthermore, he alleges that he was unaware that Weston Medspa was unlicensed to perform liposuction procedures. Nevertheless, Michael Freedland, the Kah-Orukaton family’s attorney, believes that Rohie suffered a seizure as a result of an anesthetic called lidocaine. He has since requested a medical report from the spa, but has yet to receive it.
Dr. Brito maintains that he did not experience any difficulties during the procedure until the very end and then called 911 immediately. In spite of that statement, Dr. Brito’s profile on the spa’s website does not list any training or residency with cosmetic surgery. His attorney, Brian Bieber, however, maintains that the doctor has performed liposuction procedures for 4 years. Nonetheless, it is against Florida state law to perform liposuction in an unlicensed facility. Rohie’s husband declined to comment on the matter, as he and his family make a decision whether or not to take her off of life support. She will leave behind three children—ages 4, 5, and 7.
recently named in the 2009 edition of Best Lawyer's In America, David Mittleman has been representing seriously injured people since 1985. A partner with Church Wyble PC—a division of Grewal Law PLLC—Mr. Mittleman and his partners focus on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home injury, pharmacy/pharmacist negligence and disability claims.