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Doc convicted for porn star's deadly boob job
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Doc convicted for porn star's deadly boob job

Published: 05 Feb 2013 15:42 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Feb 2013 15:42 GMT+01:00

The 23-year-old porn actress Carolin Wosnitza, known professionally as Sexy Cora, was in the care of the 56-year-old anaesthetist while having her breasts enlarged from an F to a G cup.

Unfortunately, the doctor had switched off monitor alarms during the surgery. Cora had a heart attack on the operating table in November 2011 and fell into a coma before dying in the following January.

"What happened here was a nightmare," said Judge Ulrich Weißmann at Hamburg district court.

But he rejected calls to ban the doctor from working again, saying that would be an overreaction.

What happened was, "a unique, albeit terrible mistake that you made," he said, addressing her directly. She had failed to correctly watch over Wosnitza's breathing and had not realised for a long time that there was a problem.

Weißmann gave her a 14-month suspended sentence.

But he saved his harshest criticism for the private clinic which had carried out hte operation. He said it seemed as if equipment and staff were minimised in order to maximise profits, and expressed doubts that the case would lead to a change in such cosmetic clinics.

"It is rather to be feared that things will simply continue as they are," he said.

Wonitza's widower's lawyer had been pushing for the accused to be banned from working as a doctor. She had failed to notice that the patient was twitching under her air mask in time.

He also claimed that she turned off the alarm on the breathing monitor, to avoid being distracted. Conditions at the clinic were, the lawyer said, “horrifying” - there was a serious lack of staff and patients were regularly at risk during operations.

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Your comments about this article

20:07 February 5, 2013 by lucksi
You live by the boobs, you die by the boobs
08:45 February 6, 2013 by HansT
"It is rather to be feared that things will simply continue as they are," he said...

there was a serious lack of staff and patients were regularly at risk during operations."

So, in light of this, would good reporting actually NAME THE CLINIC? Or will the health ministry investigate further with a view to closing it down to protect future patients? I doubt it.

The collusion between the medical, legal and political sectors of German society is breathtakingly corrupt.
14:04 February 9, 2013 by honeybeee
pathetic sad ~~~~~~~~
14:09 February 9, 2013 by pjnt
What HansT said. So very little transparency when companies cause injury or death in Germany.
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