In handwritten notes for a Health Department report, Freiman said that when he spoke to Mariela Díaz at Mercy, she said that her daughter had a similar problem when she gave birth and had to be intubated
“None of this was known preoperatively,” Freiman wrote. “I believe that the patient hid this fact from me for fear that [she] might not have surgery.”
Through her lawyer on Wednesday, the mother denied she’d ever told Freiman her daughter had had problems with anesthesia or had been intubated.
Linda Pérez, who came to South Florida from Cuba when she was 9, lives her her son, Dainier Pérez, and her parents. She worked at the Pink Pony adult nightclub in Doral, and has medical coverage under Medicaid.
On a Facebook page that someone took down after the incident, Pérez talked about having had buttocks enlargement surgery. And her mother told el Nuevo Herald that her daughter “likes to look pretty” and was overly concerned about her breasts.
“She thought that they were going to grow after her pregnancy, but that didn’t happen.”
Mariela Díaz said that her daughter had visited another clinic for the operation, but saw a television commercial for Coral Gables Cosmetic Center.
“She told me that that clinic was more trustworthy, saying that it’s a ‘prestige clinic. Nothing will go wrong there,’ ” Díaz told El Nuevo Herald.
Relatives say that Pérez had been healthy and didn’t take drugs.
“She was in perfect condition. She was taking care of herself before the Aug. 12 operation,” a friend, Joan Pérez told el Nuevo Herald.
Clinic attorney Kubs Lalchandani said an email on Tuesday that “for privacy reasons, Coral Gables Cosmetic Center cannot comment on any medical issues related to its patients.”
He said the center “has been a proud member of the South Florida community for nearly 15 years and has consistently delivered exceptional results for thousands of satisfied patients. CGCC prides itself on partnering with top medical professionals including board-certified plastic surgeons. CGCC is committed to upholding the highest standards of medical care and patient safety.”
Izquierdo said through a translator that his daughter is “a beautiful, healthy woman inside and out, and a very loving mother.”
Eiglarsh said that young women seeking bargain cosmetic surgery need to do careful research.
“You read their literature and you see that the doctors are board certified, but they’re hiding that the anesthesiologist is a felon.’’
Pérez almost did not undergo the $2,800 procedure that Monday morning. Joan Perez told El Nuevo Herald that he drove her to the clinic at 6:30 a.m. but the place seemed to be closed.
As they turned to leave, the surgeon phoned Linda Perez and told her he was ready.
Joan Pérez said he stayed with Linda while a technician prepped her for surgery, then went to a waiting room at 7 a.m., having been told the procedure would last about 30 minutes.
At some point he left the waiting room and went to her car.
At 9 a.m., a worried Joan Perez returned to the clinic and saw an ambulance. Freiman, the surgeon, told him that Linda had “retention of anesthesia” and was being sent to the hospital for monitoring.
Freiman left in the ambulance with his patient.
At Mercy, Joan, Mariela Díaz and Fernando Izquierdo, learned that Linda was unconscious.
Her relatives say that the neurologist who operated on Linda at Mercy Hospital on Aug. 13 told them that the young woman’s blood pressure plummeted after the implant surgery.
According to the family, clinic doctors gave Pérez medication to stabilize her, which raised her blood pressure and triggered a heart attack.
“The neurologist told me that [the clinic] delivered her practically dead,” the mother said.
The family maintains that no one would tell them what happened for more than a week, so they hired a lawyer.
Freiman “told me that he didn’t know what had happened,” Mariela Díaz said.
Said Izquierdo: “From the start, they concealed from us the gravity of her state.”