The Los Angeles County coroner started an investigation yesterday into the death of rap star Kanye West’s mother. She underwent cosmetic surgery from a prominent Brentwood doctor the day before she died.
The preliminary autopsy report, concluded that Donda West, 58, died “as a result of surgery or anesthesia.”
Earlier this year, her doctor, Jan Adams, was served with a complaint from the Medical Board of California and state attorney general’s office seeking to revoke or suspend his medical license. The officials cited his multiple criminal convictions for alcohol-related offenses since 2003.
Adams has also paid at least two major medical malpractice settlements totaling nearly half a million dollars and has been sued by several patients in other cases, court records show.
Adams is a high-profile doctor who has appeared on such TV shows as “Oprah” and “Extra” and hosted his own plastic surgery show on the Discovery Health Channel.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were nearly 11.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed in the United States in 2006.
Experts note that even routine procedures can lead to dangerous or fatal complications.
Adams operation lasted 5 1/2 hours. A day later, paramedics rushed an unconscious West from her home to a Marina del Rey hospital, where she died, said an official with Centinela Freeman HealthSystem.
The overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased four-fold since 1997, when just 2 million such procedures were performed. The most popular procedure in 2006 was Botox injections. Among surgical procedures, liposuction was the most often performed.
Michael McGuire, vice president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said most types of plastic surgery performed at accredited facilities with board-certified doctors are safe, with one death in every 52,000 procedures. But McGuire and others said they are concerned about doctors with limited training in plastic surgery performing operations.
This case provides an excellent example of why everyone should check out the doctor they go to before they put their life in the doctor’s hands.
Often high profile doctors are not the best doctors. Usually, board certification is a good indicator of the doctor’s experience and training. Other sources of information on your doctor could come from the internet or other patients.
Be sure you are in the hands of a qualified doctor or surgeon before you trust your life to them. As with doctors, board certification is an excellent indicator of an attorney’s qualifications.
If you need the services of a doctor or attorney be sure to check them out first!