Dr. Windell Davis Boutte loves to post videos of herslf dancing around patients to hip-hop tunes like the video below. Patients however are suing over what they say is her lack of attention and expertise in doing cosmetic surgeries once the dancing stops. Indeed, one such tummy tuck left a bride with permanent brain damage.
Boutte is accused of actually slicing open one patient with “Cut It” by O.T. Genasis blaring in the background.
In the case of Icilma Cornelius, the 55-year-old bride wanted a tummy tuck and was on the table for eight hours in Boutte’s clinic in Lilburn, Georgia, in February 2016, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Her heart stopped on the table and Boutte had to stitch her skin back to close her open wounds as emergency personnel tried to take her to a hospital. Then the elevator in the building would not accommodate a stretcher — an obvious negligent barrier for a medical officer.
Icilima would end up with permanent brain damage. Other patients have complained of being scarred or not given the agreed upon procedures. One patient even claims that she woke up after surgery in a hotel room with a McDonald’s sandwich in her hand.
Boutte has four malpractice cases pending and settled five others. However, she is still working as a cosmetic surgeon.
It is hard to imagine that such conduct around patients is allowed in Georgia, let alone Boutte rate of alleged malpractice.
She could face discipline as a doctor as well as tort and criminal allegations. On the tort side, the possible claims are multifold if she actually danced around real patients or cut into one in a dancing video. First, there is an issue of informed consent if she did switch procedures. Second, there can be battery without consent. Third, there can be torts of intrusion upon seclusion as well as public disclosure of private embarrassing facts. these are just the tort actions.
Kudos: Professor Roger E. Schechter