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Lipo Suction Deaths #316365

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 29, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Houston, Texas: Harry Smith) Concern over deaths from diet surgical procedure, lipo suction, examined; Patricia Howell and Carmen Albaugh cited as exs. Details given, photos shown. [Mark HOWELL - regrets not preventing wife from surgery.] [Gayle ALBAUGH - recalls he and wife believed procedure was harmless.] [Dr. Eugene COURTISS - blames such deaths on inability to handle ensuing complications.] Howell said blaming wife's physician, Dr. Hugo Ramirez a gynecologist, for her death; Ramirez said learning procedure at workshop. Plastic surgeons' opposition to unskilled physicians performing specialty noted. [Dr. Julius NEWMAN - defs. seminar approach to teaching procedure; admits it's difficult on consumer.] [COURTISS - equates situation with pilot flying plane only after watching how-to videotapes.]

Rather, Dan;
Smith, Harry

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