Saab under investigation after patient death

by Zeina Nasser English Zeina_w_Nasser

5 June 2017 | 22:05

Source: by Annahar

A file photo of Nader Saab. (Reuters Photo)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese judiciary and Order of Physicians are investigating the death of a Jordanian woman who underwent cosmetic surgery in Lebanon, judicial sources told Annahar Monday.

The woman, identified as Farah Al-Kassab, was pronounced dead after being transported to Lady of Lebanon hospital in Jounieh, some 30 km north of Beirut.

The woman was undergoing liposuction at Dr. Nader Saab hospital before suffering health complications. The facility, which is named after its owner, well-known plastic surgeon Nader Saab, is located in Naccache, some 10km northeast of Beirut. It remains unclear why Al-Kassab was transported to Lady of Lebanon hospital rather than the nearby Serhal hospital in Naccache, which lies 2 km away from Dr. Nader Saab hospital. Sleiman Haroun, President of the Syndicate of Private Hospitals in Lebanon, also questioned the decision to transport Al-Kassab to a distant hospital.

“Al-Kassab arrived dead to the [Lady of Lebanon] hospital,” Haroun told Annahar. “However, it is yet to be confirmed whether the death occurred at Nader Saab hospital or on the road,” he said.

Haroun added that “Saab’s hospital is not a member of the Syndicate of Hospitals because it lacks a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU).”

The death of Al-Kassab prompted Public Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani to prohibit cosmetic surgery centers lacking a PACU and Saab’s hospital from performing cosmetic surgeries that require general anesthesia.

Mount Lebanon Attorney General, Judge Dany Sharabiyeh, had summoned Saab for questioning before releasing him, pending further investigation. Saab was barred from leaving Lebanon, judicial sources told Annahar.

The judiciary is still awaiting the findings of the autopsy report, the source added.

A statement released by Saab's lawyer said he is "in Lebanon and his medical team trusts the Lebanese judiciary, the Order of Physicians in Beirut, and the Ministry of Health, who will reveal nothing but the whole truth.”

The statement followed reports that Saab had fled Lebanon for Cyprus.

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