Woman who underwent Brazilian Butt Lift surgery files med-mal suit, pins subsequent paralysis on post-op 'hotel'

By John Suayan | Feb 4, 2019

DALLAS – The law firm Miller Weisbrod, LLP in Dallas recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of an Oklahoma couple who allege that the wife was rendered permanently paralyzed as a result of her stay at a  post-operative recovery center two years ago, Dallas County District Court records indicate.

According to the amended 320-page suit brought by Rolanda and Bryan Hutton at the end of last month, Rolanda Hutton was kept at The Cloister at Park Lane instead of being transported to the hospital for emergency surgery care when she complained of the loss of feeling in her feet and legs. The complaint attributes the problem to a “Brazilian Butt Lift” operation – defined as a specialized fat transfer procedure that augments the size and shape of the buttocks without implants – she underwent on Jan. 16, 2017 at the Dallas Day Surgery Center.

The 42-year-old Rolanda Hutton was subsequently transferred to The Cloister, which was reportedly labeled as a “luxury postoperative hotel.” Court papers state that the physician-owned facility lacked a license issued under Chapter 242 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and was uninsured, arguing that Rolanda Hutton did not meet DDSC’s criteria for discharge and had some form of IV access.

The lead plaintiff recalls experiencing multiple episodes of pain and discomfort while at The Cloister. Just two days after she was discharged to the hotel, she was non-emegently transferred to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where, after surgery and postoperative care, she was diagnosed with permanent paralysis, the original petition says.

Rolanda Hutton told The Dallas Morning News that her ordeal was “very traumatic… going from being independent to not being independent.”

Her lead counsel, Les Weisbrod, says that the lawsuit intends to have “the state and proper authorities” close or regulate The Cloister so that no more patients suffer the same fate as Rolanda Hutton or worse.

Dallas County 14th District Court Case No. DC-17-15886

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