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Proposal to reform Florida plastic surgery clinics advances

Monday, March 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Diane Berg
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The Florida lawmaker trying to rein in one of the state's most dangerous medical industries stood before her colleagues in the state capital Monday and recited the names of the dead:Jasmine Smith from New Jersey, Heather Meadows from West Virginia. Kizzy London from Louisiana."


These victims were coming from all over the country" for cosmetic surgery, said Republican state Sen. Anitere Flores, but "they will not be coming home."The Miami legislator's speech to the Senate health committee about Florida's troubled plastic surgery centers led the members to approve a bill that could usher in the most sweeping changes to the industry in a generation.


The proposal, which will be heard in the House, follows an investigation by USA TODAY and the Naples Daily News in January that showed eight women died in the same plastic surgery business where doctors with little specialized training were performing up to eight procedures a day.

Previous coverage: This business helped transform Miami into a national plastic surgery destination. Eight women died.

More: Young mothers, blue-collar clerks, all promised life-changing plastic surgeries - and died.

The clinics also left women with devastating injuries, including perforated intestines, in facilities that operated like assembly lines.

Known as Jolie Plastic Surgery, the business is among more than a dozen centers that are owned by investors, offer discount prices, and launch aggressive ad campaigns that target Hispanic and African-American women.

"We can give the Department of Health the tools to shut down the butcher shops," Flores said.

Source: USA Today

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