Adriana DeSilva slips into coma two days after surgery at Boca Raton Surgery Center, dies days later
Lawyer: Death after surgery is 'suspicious'
12:48 PM, May 2, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The death of a mother of two small children is being investigated after the woman slipped into a coma two days after getting cosmetic surgery.
Adriana DeSilva got a tummy tuck, neck liposuction and a breast augmentation on April 5th at the Boca Raton Surgery Center.
The 39-year-old would never get a chance to see her new look.
"It's been hard. She's gone. She took like a part of me. But I have to be strong for my brother, help him for when he needs me," said Kerolayne Stuwer, the woman's daughter.
A day after her surgery, DeSilva was not feeling well. She was checked out by a doctor and was told she was fine. The next day, DeSilva then had a stroke and slipped into a coma and later died.
"I was happy for her. It was something she wanted to do. It was a present that she was going to give herself for her birthday and for Mother's Day," said Stuwer.
The family has now hired a team of lawyers who call the death of DeSilva "suspicious."
"Florida has become sort of the wild, wild west of cosmetic procedures and if we don't do something about it, more people are going to continue to lose their lives," said Daniel Harwin, the family attorney.
The surgeon who performed the procedure, Dr. Daniel M. Zeichner said, "I feel absolutely horrible for the family. It has gotten to me."
The South Florida doctor also said there is risk in going under the knife.
"She had an unfortunate incident, it can happen. It can happen for anyone," said Zeichner.
The doctor said an incident like this has never happened in his years of practicing medicine. He said the investigation is now in the hands of the medical examiner.
"It's just shocking that it had to be right then, where I wasn't there, to like hold her hand and be there for the last few seconds," said Stuwer.
The family is awaiting the results of the autopsy.
The lawyers for the family said depending on what their investigation show, a lawsuit could be filed in the future.