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Suit Says Woman Died While Getting ‘Lifestyle Lift’

Posted Mar 4, 2010 9:54 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A lawsuit claims a 49-year-old Massachusetts woman died after receiving local anesthesia during cosmetic surgery known as a “Lifestyle Lift.”

Donna Ames, 49, was recently divorced and depressed when she went to the Waltham office of the Lifestyle Lift company in hopes that the surgery would make her look younger, the Boston Globe reports.

Ames’ body jerked and her oxygen level plummeted after receiving the anesthesia, according to her lawyers. Ames was brain dead by the time an ambulance was called, they allege.

A statement by Lifestyle Lift said it was “very sorry about the sudden and unexpected passing of Ms. Ames.” The statement said its face lift is one of the safest procedures available because it uses “local numbing medication” rather than general anesthesia.

The statement also said Ames did not disclose a history of seizures or allergies to anesthesia.

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