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A plastic surgeon was arrested, charged and convicted of involuntary manslaughter after killing a patient and injuring others during liposuction procedures, prosecutors in California said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that 48-year-old Ehab Aly Mohamed, was sentenced to serve five years in state prison for killing his patient and injuring another during liposuction surgeries at his Encino clinic.
Deputy District Attorney Rachel Greene of the Forensic Science Section said that Mohamed, was found guilty of one count each of involuntary manslaughter with great bodily injury and elder abuse.
In addition to the state prison sentence, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Jesic of the Van Nuys Branch ordered Mohamed to pay more than $5 million to one of the victim’s families in compliance with a previously decided civil judgment.
Sharon Carpenter, 61, died in Mohamed’s office, following a liposuction operation in which she was given a lethal combination of lidocaine, fentanyl and oxycodone.
The procedure lasted more than 10 hours, the prosecutor said.
On another occasion, a 77-year-old female client had been the victim of a lengthy liposuction procedure in his office.
That victim survived the surgery, but had ongoing health issues as a result, the prosecutor added.
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, according to the evidence presented at trial.