A 28-year-old woman, Eileen Bravo Córdoba, lost her life shortly after undergoing liposuction at the Habibi Clinic in Escazú. She suffered a cardiac arrest but overcame it. It happened again and it was not possible to save her.
It seems she had an allergic reaction called anaphylaxis to the anesthesia. The College of Physicians needs a family member to come forward with a complaint in order to start an official investigation and sanction, if appropriate, the surgeon.
The owner of the clinic said that the establishment has all the necessary permits in order. The Prosecutor’s Office is investigating five complaints of malpractice in other aesthetic clinics. A similar case caused the death of another woman undergoing liposuction in November.
The Penal Code punishes culpable injuries with up to one year in prison as well as being disqualified from the profession for up to two years. Culpable homicide is punishable by up to eight years in prison and five years of disqualification.