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Heart Transplant Patient Isel Pineda Dies After Doctor Performs Prohibited Surgery

Medical Malpractice AttorneyIndividuals who have had heart transplants or any other cardiac-related issues are typically not good candidates for cosmetic surgery because the effects of the anesthesia can overload the heart, such that it will make it beat very fast or even shut down completely.  But, on May 10, 2012, 51-year-old heart transplant patient Isel Pineda passed away immediately post-op after Dr. Oleg Davie performed liposuction on her.

Dr. Davie, a New York City internal medicine physician and self-proclaimed cosmetic surgeon, had been cited in 2011 for numerous counts of providing negligent medical care, and given those citations, Dr. Davie was fined $100,000 by the NY State Office of Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline, and he was put on probation for three years.  Additionally, Dr. Davie’s so-called cosmetic surgery practice was limited to only very minor procedures, such as removing warts and performing botox injections. He was also banned from doing any liposuction procedures for the remainder of his probation, which extends to July 2014.


Did He or Didn’t He Know About Pineda’s Heart Issues?

Pineda’s boyfriend has said that the paperwork from an April 18 consultation with Dr. Davie was found in her handbag on the day that she died, and those documents included a completed medical-history form that clearly noted the fact that she had been diagnosed with heart disease in 2004, received a heart transplant, and was on anti-rejection drugs.  Still, the patient history form that Dr. Davie gave to the family’s attorney, GLK’s own Michael Fruhling, contains no notation of any heart issues at all.

Michael Fruhling commented that “anyone who met Isel knew she was a heart-transplant patient. She wore that label proudly, even posting it on her Facebook page. That Dr. Davie failed to mention this is beyond comprehension.”

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