Medical News Summary: Family pleads with woman not to undergo gastric bypass surgery


About: Family pleads with woman not to undergo gastric bypass surgery
Date: 7 October 2004
Source: The Herald News
Author: Daniel Fowler
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by The Herald News): The family of an overweight woman are deeply upset over her death soon after a gastric bypass surgery. They had pleaded with her not to undergo the surgery as she had not ceased smoking or starting improving her health. Even her physician was against the procedure as he believed there were too many risks due to her tobacco bronchitis, COPD, diabetes and high blood pressure. Nevertheless, the procedure was carried out and she died of complication several days later. The family is considering filing a lawsuit. The hospital has stopped performing the procedure until an internal investigation is completed.
Related Disease Topics: Obesity, COPD, Tobacco bronchitis, Diabetes, High blood pressure

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