Former cosmetic surgeon pleads not guilty to manslaughter charge in patient’s death
VAN NUYS (CNS) – A former Encino cosmetic surgeon pleaded not guilty today to an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a patient who was allegedly given a toxic cocktail of drugs during liposuction surgery three years ago.
Ehab Aly Mohamed, 46, was charged Tuesday with the felony count resulting from the death of Sharon Carpenter, along with a felony count of elder or dependent adult abuse involving a second patient.
Carpenter, 61, died in Mohamed’s Encino office on Aug. 21, 2010, after liposuction surgery that lasted more than 10 hours, during which she was allegedly given a lethal combination of lidocaine, Fentanyl and oxycodone, according to Deputy District Attorney Rachel Greene.
In an accusation filed on behalf of the Medical Board of California in May 2012, attorneys alleged that Mohamed’s medical assistant contacted a local hospital to request intravenous fluids and intravenous tubing because the doctor thought the woman was becoming dehydrated, but that Mohamed continued with the procedure after the hospital refused to “sell” him the medical supplies.
The woman was noted to have “shallow and intermittent breathing” at 12:17 a.m. Aug. 22, 2010, more than 10 hours after the procedure began, and became pulseless eight minutes later, according to the accusation.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced her dead at 12:50 a.m., but Mohamed “continued resuscitative measures until 1:25 a.m.,” according to the document, which says her death was “ascribed to lidocaine, Fentanyl and oxycodone toxicity.”
The other charge involves a lengthy liposuction procedure on a 77-year- old woman who lost consciousness at one point, Greene said. The woman has experienced ongoing health issues as a result of the procedure, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The prosecution alleges that Mohamed’s office did not meet state- mandated safety standards involving equipment, staffing and emergency resources when he performed the two surgeries.
Mohamed, who has been jailed since he was convicted in July of forgery and burglary, is facing up to 10 years in state prison if convicted in the latest case, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He had also been convicted in a separate case in which he was sentenced in March 2012 to eight months in county jail for two counts of attempted grand theft involving a liposuction system.
Mohamed’s surrender of his medical license became effective on Feb. 21 of this year, about two months after he agreed to surrender it, according to Medical Board of California records.