Florida woman, 32, dies after tummy tuck at clinic

Maria Christian, photo via NBC Miami

MIAMI, Fla. (WFLA) – A death investigation is underway after a 32-year-old Florida woman went into cardiac arrest during a tummy tuck procedure.

NBC Miami reports that Maria Christian, 32, died Wednesday after undergoing the surgery at a clinic in Westchester, which is in suburban Miami-Dade County.

Doctors at Vanity Cosmetic Surgery tried to revive Christian, but were unsuccessful.

Vanity Cosmetic Surgery told NBC Miami that Christian was in good health and had two previous surgeries there, including a Brazilian butt lift. Christian lived in Doral.

Miami-Dade police conducted an initial investigation. Vanity Cosmetic Surgery told NBC Miami that no violations were found.

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Vanity Cosmetic Surgery released the following statement to NBC Miami about Christian’s death-

Dr. Camille D. Chavez, MD and Vanity Cosmetic Surgery would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of María Christian, a 32-year old patient who recently underwent a highly popular procedure, a tummy tuck, at our cosmetic surgery facility yesterday afternoon with one of our surgeons, Dr. Camille D. Chavez, MD.

The patient, who had previously undergone two cosmetic procedures, with the most recent one performed in January 2016, was deemed in good health when she underwent the procedure. All standard pre-op procedures were administered.

However, unfortunately she developed cardiac arrest towards the end of the operation. Immediate resuscitation efforts were taken followed by a call to 911. The paramedics arrived promptly and transferred Ms. Christian to Kendall Regional Hospital, where she later passed away.

The cause of Ms. Christian’s death has not yet been determined until a medical forensic examiner has completed an examination. All surgical procedures have inherent risks of complications and in some cases, unpredictable complications can occur.

The Miami-Dade Police Department investigated our facilities and surgical rooms during their initial investigation and they found everything to be in accordance with standard protocols. Dr. Camille D. Chavez’s reputation as a caring and skilled surgeon is universally recognized and admired by her patients and peers. Dr. Chavez has built a successful career, with more than 30 years of experience specializing in microsurgery, trauma surgery, craniofacial surgery, and cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Camille D. Chavez and Vanity Cosmetic Surgery is committed to providing the highest quality care for patients and again, send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of María Christian.

NBC Miami previously reported that the state was investigating Vanity Cosmetic Surgery about its refund procedures. Read the full story here. 


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