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Death after liposuction

In May 2009, Aura Javellana, 28, of Redmond, Wash., died of “acute lidocaine intoxication,” according to the autopsy report. The day before, she had a liposuction procedure at Sono Bello Body Contouring Center, which has 10 locations in seven states. She took a cab by herself from Sono Bello to a hotel room to recuperate and was found dead by maids the next morning.

A lawsuit against Sono Bello filed by attorney Cydney Campbell Webster on behalf of the Javellana family alleged Javellana was not evaluated by any “licensed medical professional” — only a company consultant — and didn’t meet her doctor until right before the surgery. The lawsuit also charged that the company falsely promoted the procedure as safe, saying it “ruled out” the complications from traditional liposuction.

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