Man loses memory after liposuction slip

A surgeon and anaesthetist in Majorca have been ordered to pay €160,217 ($210,000) in compensation to a man who suffered post short-term memory loss after a botched liposuction procedure.

Man loses memory after liposuction slip
The victim successfully appealed against a 2012 court decision that ruled he had known the risks of liposuction surgery. File photo: Jeff Kubina/Flickr

A court in Palma, Majorca upheld an appeal by the victim to overturn a 2012 ruling which had cleared the medical professionals of any blame.

The 38-year-old man was undergoing cosmetic surgery on his "abdomen and thighs" in 2006 when he suffered a cardiac arrest, according to Spanish daily Qué.

After being discharged he was diagnosed with 'cerebral anoxia', which caused him to suffer short-term memory problems, disorientation and difficulties with speech.

Doctors say he finds it difficult to remember concepts he has learned only minutes earlier, and that he can't recognize false memories.

The man was declared permanently disabled as a result of the incident because of the cognitive disorders and the associated changes in behaviour that they have provoked.

These include increased anxiety and aggression, as well as reduced verbal fluency and thinking speed.

The original 2012 court ruling went against the man because he had signed an informed consent form.

But the victim alleged that the waiver was invalid because it did not contain enough information.

The court upheld this appeal on Wednesday and ruled that the man was not properly informed of the risks of the surgery or anaesthesia.

There was found to be no specific reference to the surgery in the consent form other than in the title and a single mention of the word 'liposuction'.

No information about anaesthesia was included in informed consent section of the 'pre-operation exam' form.

Instead, only the patient's handwritten name, the name of the doctor, and the date were given.

The surgeon and anaesthetist have now been ordered to pay €160,217 in compensation.

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Barcelona boss: Luis Suarez is not fat

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insisted Friday that Luis Suarez is not fat as the controversial Uruguyan striker prepares to make his return to competitive action.

Barcelona boss: Luis Suarez is not fat
Luis Suarez poses after receiving the 2014 Golden Boot. AFP Photo/Lluis Gene

After his ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup, Suarez should make his Barcelona debut against bitter rivals Real Madrid on October 25 and Enrique rejected comments made by some media about Suarez's fitness.

"It's difficult to evaluate if he's at 70, 80, 90 or 100 percent but what is sure is he feels much better in training," said Enrique.

"He's been in a certain dynamic for a while and the fact that he has been able to play for his country has allowed him to rediscover the daily life of a footballer.

"We see him training every day, he's a player like any other and what's clear is that he's not fat.

"He never has been, despite everything that's been said. He's been in shape for several months so everything is fine."

Suarez moved from Liverpool to Barcelona for €95 million in the wake of the storm of controversy after he bit Italian defender Girogio Chiellini at the World Cup and was banned for four months. Suarez was banned for nine internationals.

Although Suarez has played in friendly matches for both club and country during his ban, scoring twice against Oman on Monday, he has not been allowed to appear in official fixtures.

Barcelona lead La Liga after seven matches and host minnows Eibar on Saturday.

Suarez said this week, as he received the Golden Boot award for Europe's top score — which he shared with Cristiano Ronaldo — that starting with Barcelona was "a dream come true."

Asked if he was 100 per cent ready for the Real match, he said: "If you had asked me that a week ago, before the two games with Uruguay, I may have had doubts.

"But I have played in those two (friendly) games and I am probably in better condition than I thought I was. So I think I can say now, yes, 100 per cent, I am ready to play."