A Miami doctor is in hot water after losing a high profile medical malpractice case. Dr. Osak Omulepu is now facing a fine and probation thanks to mistakes he made during plastic surgery procedures in early 2015. Nyosha Fowler was one of the patients who testified against Dr. Omulepu during the trial. She said she spent 2 days in a coma following her Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Donna McRae also testified, claiming that she suffered from similar injuries after having the same procedure performed on the same day in May 2015.
For Fowler, the search for the popular butt lift procedure drew her to Miami all the way from her home in Michigan, where she lived with her two sons. “I was at the hospital for four months for an experience that was supposed to be an in-and-out procedure,” Fowler told reporters. Her mother, Rosaland Durham, also testified against Omulepu during the trial. Both Fowler and McRae claimed that they suffered from organ punctures during their procedures.
Omulepu admitted that he made a mistake. According to court documents, he “pushed the cannula at an inappropriate angle through a thick layer of muscle called the abdominal wall. A surgeon is required to operate with a level of skill and care to be able to discern between subcutaneous fat and muscle tissue while passing the cannula through the patient.”
This mistake was not a small one. The small tube that was supposed to suction fat from the patient’s stomach or back and then inject it into the backside, was used incorrectly. Fowler ended up with fluid leaking into her abdominal cavity through a hole in her colon. McRae said that she had extreme pain after the procedure and doctors later did exploratory surgery and discovered punctures to her liver, chest, and abdominal wall.
Despite the seriousness of Omulepu’s errors, the judge’s verdict does not stop him from practicing medicine. This is highly concerning to McRae and Fowler, who fear that other patients could also suffer from serious injuries if they turn to Omulepu for similar cosmetic procedures. Both women had hoped the trial would result in the doctor losing his medical license for good. The state medical board will review the verdict of the case and determine further steps. Fowler said that she plans to be there to see the votes in person.
“These kinds of massive medical errors cannot be excused or explained away,” said personal injury attorney Christopher Ligori of Tampa. “Both of these patients were incredibly fortunate that they did not lose their lives due to the surgeon’s errors. This could have ended in much greater tragedy. Hopefully the medical board will give strong thought to whether this doctor should be allowed to continue scrubbing into an operating room in the future.”
Fowler and McRae have both recovered well from their injuries, but it has been a long and grueling process. They hope that future patients won’t have to endure the same difficult experience over an elective, cosmetic procedure.