Man suing surgeon after he woke from surgery to find his entire nose removed
A man woke up after getting a nose job to find that the plastic surgeon had removed his nose entirely.
Vishal Thakkar went to Dr Angelo Cuzalina, the president of the
American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, for more than eight surgeries over
the course of a half a dozen years.
Mr Thakkar said after he went through a divorce in 2006, he decided to ‘do something selfish’ and get a nose job. He was living in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the time and went to
one of the leading plastic surgeons in the area, Dr. Cuzalina.
|Thakkar before his surgery|
Cuzalina could not be reached for comment and his lawyers previously
denied interview requests from Fox 23 on the grounds that they would not
be able to speak about Mr Thakkar’s medical history given
doctor-patient confidentiality agreements.
says that after the first surgery he suffered some relatively minor
breathing problems that occurred when he slept or worked out.
He went back to Dr Cuzalina eight times within the year to treat various fixes from the previous treatments.
one of the surgeries, Thakkar alleges that he specifically told one of
Dr Cuzalina’s nurses that he did not want them to take any cartilage
from his ears should they need it for his nose during the surgery.
he woke up a few hours later, he had pain behind his ears because they
had done just that. Fox 23 says the doctor later emailed an apology to
Those recordings were then used as
justification for Dr. Cuzalina’s August 31, 2012 letter where he said
that he would no longer operate on Mr Thakkar because of his ‘ongoing
threats and harassment against my staff, my practice, and me
As a part
of Mr Thakkar’s lawsuit, he went on to say that the plastic surgeon,
who is the president of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and has
no prior complaints filed against him in the state of Oklahoma, gave him
a dangerous mix of prescription medication.
lawsuit says Mr Thakkar was ‘prescribed an excessive amount of
medication, enough to kill the patient, if taken, including but not
limited to Loratab, Ambien, Valilum, and Oxycodone.’
This is far from the end of his plastic surgery nightmare, however, as he is determined to fix his face.
‘There is no way I am going to live like this. It is worse than being dead,’ he said.
Culled from Daily Mail UK