A Rockland County widower won a $2.3 million settlement against a “Dr. Oz”-endorsed Manhattan plastic surgeon after his young wife and the mother of his two children died following a liposuction procedure.
Even though Stanford University-trained Dr. Sharon Giese worked with the Food and Drug Administration’s liposuction safety squad, her 32-year-old patient Adriana Porras perished two days after receiving the procedure to her thighs and knees on June 25, 2009.
Porra, who had a history of obesity, died of a blood clot in her lung, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court. Her husband, Nanuet resident Pablos Balzola, sued in October 2009, accusing the top doc of negligence, claiming she didn’t return calls to an emergency hotline when his wife started suffering from chest pain and shortness of breath post-surgery.