Spearheaded by five applicants, including a mother from Western Australia who suffered a heart attack after allegedly being administered high doses of local anaesthetic, a group of women have launched a class action against Australia’s largest cosmetic surgery clinic, alleging negligent breast augmentations left them with serious complications, including heart attacks, seizures, infections, chest wall deformities, pain, discomfort and psychiatric injuries.
The case claims “The Cosmetic Institute breached duty of care by providing a one-size-fits-all approach to breast augmentations.”
Others in the lawsuit include a NSW mother who says she suffered seizures as a result of high doses of local anaesthetic and a Queensland student who had emergency surgery after developing a severe infection after surgery.
The women are also taking action against Sydney plastic surgeon and TCI director Dr Eddy Dona, alleging he was responsible for designing, implementing and supervising the company’s approach to breast augmentation surgery, along with training the doctors who performed it.
Turner Freeman lawyer Sally Gleeson says the company has left a “trail of victims”.
“These women have suffered a range of complications including cardiac arrests from toxic doses of anaesthesia, lung punctures, infections and physical disfigurement,” she said in a statement on Friday.
In a statement of claim, TCI is accused of failing to properly train and supervise surgeons.
The claim alleges the company used an identical surgical technique regardless of a woman’s size or breast shape and did not perform procedures in accordance with standards.
TCI is also accused of not implementing adequate infection control.
“These women believed that the doctors treating them were surgeons who possessed the requisite skills and training to carry out these operations but the reality of the situation was quite different,” Ms Gleeson said.
“These women also share remarkably common experiences about the conduct of TCI, including the inadequacy of their treatment and attempts by the company to blame the women’s own anatomy for any poor outcomes.
“Every patient deserves competent treatment and follow up care. This class action is about delivering justice for this large group of women who continue to suffer from the impact of TCI’s failures to appropriately and safely carry out these procedures.”
TCI has clinics at Bondi Junction, Parramatta and the Gold Coast, and at Concord and Holroyd Private Hospitals, and says it is the country’s largest cosmetic surgery clinic.
TCI has been contacted for comment.
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