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(Scroll down for video) A doctor was arrested, charged and convicted of involuntary manslaughter after killing a patient during a liposuction procedure by giving her a lethal dose of drugs, prosecutors in California said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that 48-year-old Ehab Aly Mohamed of Encino, has been found guilty of causing the death of a patient during a liposuction surgery.
Deputy District Attorney Rachel Greene of the Forensic Science Section said that the jury returned the verdict, finding Mohamed guilty of one count each of involuntary manslaughter with great bodily injury and elder abuse.
Mohamed faces up to five years in state prison.
According to the police investigation, 61-year-old Sharon Carpenter died in Mohamed’s office, following a liposuction operation in which she was given a lethal combination of lidocaine, fentanyl and oxycodone during the procedure that lasted for more than 10 hours, the prosecutor said.
She died after midnight in the office.
Months earlier, Mohamed performed another lengthy liposuction procedure on a 77-year-old female
client in his office.
That victim survived the surgery, but she lost consciousness at one point and had ongoing health issues as a result, the prosecutor added.
Evidence presented at the trial showed that the doctor’s office did not meet state-mandated safety standards governing equipment, staffing and emergency resources when he performed the surgeries on both clients.