Tokyo cosmetic surgeon found guilty in fatal liposuction case
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Aug 21
The Tokyo District Court on Monday found a surgeon at Shinagawa Cosmetic Surgery guilty of causing the death of an elderly woman who underwent liposuction surgery in 2009.
Yasuhiro Horiuchi, 39, was sentenced to 1-1/2 years in prison, suspended for three years, for professional negligence resulting in death. Public prosecutors had demanded a prison sentence of 2-1/2 years.
On Dec. 2, 2009, Horiuchi performed surgery on Miyako Maeda, then 70, to remove unwanted abdominal fat, at Shinagawa Cosmetic Surgery's clinic in Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward.
But the surgeon failed to properly handle a metal tube for sucking out fat and caused damage to her organs as a result, according to the ruling. Maeda died two days after the surgery.
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