A controversial South Florida plastic surgeon is temporarily banned from performing any more procedures after a woman died undergoing liposuction.
Dr. Osak Omuleupu’s license was revoked by the Board of Medicine in April, but he has been fighting the state action on appeal. A judge now has stepped in to prohibit him from surgery until the matter is resolved, according to the Department of Health.
The Miami Herald has reported that Omulepu’s advertised specialty is liposuction and fat transfers to the buttocks — a procedure known as a “Brazilian butt lift.”
Health Department Spokesman Brad Dalton told television station News 6 in Orlando that it took a second motion Monday by the Department to impose conditions.
“We are waiting for a final resolution of that motion, but during this time Dr. Omulepu shall not perform plastic surgery procedures and shall have a board-certified physician present for any other medical procedures,” Dalton said.
Lattia Baumeister, 30, of Illinois, was undergoing a cosmetic procedure Thursday morning at the Seduction Cosmetic Center in the Miami suburb of Doral when she experienced a medical emergency, according to police.
She later died at Kendall Regional Medical Center.
“Dr. Omulepu is absolutely devastated by the complication that occurred in this case,” his attorney, Monica Rodriguez, said in a statement. “This is the first patient death he has had. Although what happened has been widely documented as a complication of the procedure the patient underwent, it is not a situation any surgeon wants to have.”
In February 2016, the state issued an order of emergency restriction of license filed against Omulepu, who has been associated with numerous cosmetic surgery centers. The order came after Omulepu was accused of botching medical procedures of patients in 2015 that resulted in hospitalizations from three days to three months.
The order came after Omulepu was accused of botching medical procedures– such as not using the right anesthesia — on patients in 2015 that resulted in hospitalizations from three days to three months.
Steven Rosenberg, a Palm Beach dermatologist and a member of the Florida Board of Medicine that regulates doctors, told the Miami Herald that he was “frustrated” that Omulepu was still performing surgery because of the appeal process.
“We revoke a doctor’s license and the judges override it,” Rosenberg said. He noted that the appeal process can drag out while physicians continue to practice and potentially place patients at risk. Omulepu’s medical license on file with the Florida health department is listed as “clear/active.”
Omulepu is also a defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit in Miami-Dade circuit court alleging that he permanently disfigured a woman who underwent a breast augmentation and a revision in 2015, the Herald reports.
Rosmery Diaz of Miami began vomiting blood and feeling extreme pain shortly after the first surgery. She was also bleeding and her breasts began to spread outward, the complaint alleges.
The manufacturer of a “smart vibrator” agreed to pay customers $3.2 million after a lawsuit was filed that alleged the sex toy tracked the owners’ use without their knowledge.
We-Vibe agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle the class-action lawsuit filed in Illinois federal court. The vibrators advertised that it would allow users to “turn on your lover” via a Bluetooth connection, according to The New York Times.
“The usage information collected by Standard Innovation through We-Connect is extraordinarily intimate and private,” according to court documents from the plaintiffs. The lead plaintiff said she bought a $130 We-Vibe Rave and downloaded the app but was never warned her use would be tallied, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Among problems with the device, reported in The Guardian, the app that controls the vibrator had security and privacy vulnerabilities, allowing anyone with a bluetooth range to seize control of the device.
Data that was sent back to We-Vibe’s owner – Standard Innovation – included the temperature and intensity of the device.
Standard Innovation said in a statement it takes customer privacy and data security seriously.
“We have enhanced our privacy notice, increased app security, provided customers [with] more choice in the data they share, and we continue to work with leading privacy and security experts to enhance the app.
Now if we can just get President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway to again explain to us about those microwaves.