Spanish doctor jailed over Nigerian first lady’s death

22nd September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The doctor performed liposuction on Nigerian first lady Stella Obasanjo and inserted a tube into her abdominal cavity by mistake.

Madrid – A Spanish doctor received a one-year-jail sentence Monday for involuntary homicide in connection with the death in 2005 of Nigerian first lady Stella Obasanjo after he performed liposuction on her.

The court also banned the doctor, identified only by the initials "M.A." from practicing medicine for three years and ordered that he pay the son of the deceased EUR 120,000 in compensation.

Obasanjo died at the age of 59 in October 2005 shortly after undergoing the procedure at the Molding clinic in Marbella, the playground for Saudi princes and Hollywood stars located on Spain's Mediterranean coast.

The court ruled that the tube which the doctor inserted to extract fat from the patient had been introduced by mistake in her abdominal cavity, causing five incisions to her liver and colon.

The blood loss and internal injuries she suffered "could have been treated without any problems" if "they had been detected in time", it said, adding he had "failed in a serious and severely reckless way in his duty of care".

Public prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of two years and the doctor to be banned from exercising his profession for five years.

AFP / Expatica

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