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Investigation: Plastic Surgery Nightmares

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A 28-year-old Dallas woman is recovering after being rushed to Baylor Hospital's emergency room. Her mother says her obese daughter just wanted to be pretty.

Dr. Hector Oscar Molina is an Irving doctor. His website claims he does everything from tummy tucks to facial surgery. But for the second time this year a patient has ended up at Baylor Hospital with devastating complications.

" I was so scared for my daughter," said the patient's mother. "When he took off all of the bandages, we saw the wounds and they were so open and infected."

The mother says her daughter, who does not want to be named, was rushed to Baylor's emergency room after getting an arm lift and breast implants at Molina Medical in Irving.

She says her daughter, who weighs more than 300 pounds, wanted her arms slimmer.

She complained to the Texas Board of Medical Examiners that Dr. Hector Oscar Molina performed a "17 hour" operation. She says the family called 911 nine days after the surgery because the wounds were severely infected and she couldn't breathe.

"I have never seen her so helpless," said the patient's mother. "She is such a strong girl. It was hard to see her like this."

"All of a sudden I heard her scream. I was like what is going on?" the patient's sister said.

The woman's sister said she went into Molina's operating room which is inside his Irving office. She says her sister was on the surgical table awake and in pain.

"She was awake and they were just shooting her up with drugs," she said. "They were doing her left implant and it was hurting."

The family says the doctors at Baylor have removed the breast implants and are treating her wounds. They don't know when she will be able to come home.

It is not the first time a patient has called 911 after plastic surgery at Molina Medical.

"I need an ambulance at 1901 West Irving Blvd," said a woman to Irving 911 . "I am here with one of my friends who had surgery today. She cannot feel the bottom on her feet and she does not feel good at all. There is nobody here, just me and her."

In April 2011, Irving EMS rushed a woman to Baylor emergency after she was left alone with just a friend to recover in the clinic.

According to her lawsuit , Molina performed a Brazilian butt lift on the 47-year-old woman. It is a procedure where doctors remove fat from unwanted areas and re-inject it into the buttocks to increase the size and shape.

An expert hired by the woman's attorney alleges Molina injected, "fat far too deep into the buttocks," into nerves and muscle. The woman had to undergo "27 surgical procedures" and has been left, "permanently disabled" and "disfigured." Molina responded to the lawsuit, denying all of the allegations.

Dr. Rod Rohrich heads the Plastic Surgery Department at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He says one of the problems with plastic surgery is that any doctor can operate.

"In the United States today, we do not have any rules," Rohrich said. "I could call myself whatever I want. That is the challenge because it really can put patients in harm's way."

Rohrich recommends patients select a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to ensure he or she has the proper training. He says hospital privileges are important in case there is an emergency or complications. And Rohrich says an operating room in an office is fine as long as it is accredited so it has passed an inspection and it is sterile.

"It is okay if you follow the regulations and get approval," Rohrich said. "But I think if not, you should not be doing operations in your office."

Dr. Molina declined an on camera interview because of the pending lawsuit but he confirmed for FOX 4 he is not a board certified plastic surgeon. He only has temporary hospital privileges at South Hampton Hospital, his operating room is not accredited and he does not carry medical malpractice insurance for plastic surgery. That is all legal in Texas.

On Monday, Molina released a statement saying:

"While I have a long history of serving the medical and immigrant community without incident, there exists pending litigation against me. Because of the ongoing nature of the litigation and its continuing investigation, I cannot, at this time, make any further comment."

In 2004, the Texas Board of Medical Examiners disciplined Dr. Molina for "prescribing controlled substances and dangerous drugs" over the internet. He was fined $25,000.

The board now has the complaints from both families but has not taken any action against Molina's license.

As this family heads into the Christmas holiday with a daughter's future uncertain, they are furious with the board.

"Why hasn't anyone stopped him," asked the patient's sister.

"If they knew they had a complaint, they should have put him on suspension or stopped it," the patient's mother said.

"I think we see the medical field totally different now and in a different way," she continued.

The Board of Medical Examiners keeps complaint information confidential so FOX 4 does not know if anyone else has complained about Molina.

Neither of the women had health insurance so they are now facing enormous medical bills. The most recent patient is still hospitalized at Baylor. It has been more than two weeks now.

 

 

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