Woman almost dies after undergoing breast surgery from unlicensed surgeon
October 18, 2010
When Kenyatta Brown, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, underwent a breast augmentation procedure at the clinic of Dr. Rajesh Rangaraj, she began to bleed uncontrollably, according to CBS Atlanta.
She filed a complaint with the Georgia Medical Board, which found that Rangaraj wasn't actually a board certified plastic surgeon, although his website had misleading advertisements that suggested otherwise.
Additionally, the investigation found that, while Rangaraj was wearing sterile clothing, his assistant was not.
The board prohibited Rangaraj from practicing cosmetic surgery again and charged him $5,000, but he is still allowed to practice ophthalmology. His actions weren't illegal, because a licensed doctor is allowed to perform any kind of operation in Georgia
"My fear in the beginning was that next time it could cost a life," Brown told the news provider. "It could have been mine. It could have been someone else's."
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