Atlanta Doctor Shown Dancing To Songs Like “Cut It” During Surgery Facing Several Lawsuits
An Atlanta dermatologist is facing several medical malpractice suits, including one that left a bride-to-be with permanent brain damage and one feeling like Freddy Krueger operated on her stomach. Not only does the doctor sound incompetent, but she had the audacity to film herself dancing to songs like “Cut It” while performing surgery on patients.
According to a consumer investigation report by Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte has settled five medical malpractice cases, and four are pending. But get this – Boutte’s facility is not even a licensed surgery center.
One of the settled lawsuits with a confidential amount includes one on behalf of a former bride-to-be, Icilma Cornelius. Cornelius has permanent brain damage due to a liposuction and panniculectomy procedure Boutte performed on Feb. 18, 2016.
Cornelius’ son, 26-year-old Ojay Liburd, sued Boutte on his mother’s behalf. Liburd explained that the surgery was weeks before her wedding, and she was just shy of completing all credits for her Ph.D. Unfortunately, Cornelius never got to accomplish her educational or romantic goals.
“She just wanted to be perfect for her wedding dress,” said. “She had everything going for her.”
Cornelius’ procedure was more than eight hours. She was given a cocktail of drugs, including propofol and fentanyl but no general anesthesia. As Boutte was sewing up her tummy tuck incision, her heart stopped.
“The doctor really made it seem like she was going to be OK,” Liburd said. “She just made it seem like it would be fine.”
But she wasn’t. Come to find out, Boutte does not have hospital admitting privileges, and her office is not a licensed surgery center. The Georgia Composite Medical Board suggested that she get her facility certified, but she didn’t.
Boutte’s website claims that “Dr. Boutté is board certified in both surgery and dermatology.” But according to state medical records, Boutte is a board-certified dermatologist, but she is not board-certified in general surgery or plastic surgery. In Georgia, it is legal for any physician to operate, even if they are not a board-certified surgeon.
In a pending lawsuit, Mitzi McFarland drove from Alabama to Atlanta to have Smart Lipo, a procedure that users lasers to get rid of unwanted fat. Her sister, Kristine Dolly, also got the procedure. Boutte promised them a “sister discount,” but they learned that Boutte performed traditional liposuction. The results left them feeling like a monster operated them.
“It’s more like Freddie Krueger cut my stomach,” McFarland said.
“I don’t feel like a normal person,” Dolly said. “I just feel deformed.”
Susan Witt is the attorney for both Liburd and the sisters. She points out that although Boutte has settled lawsuits and is currently facing others, the woman is still allowed to go to work every day despite how she has negatively impacted other womens’ lives.
“She is still getting up and going to work every day and making a great deal of money, subjecting patients who are none the wiser to her unsafe practices,” she said.
To add insult to injury, Boutte recorded videos of herself performing dance routines with staff members to songs like “Cut It” while performing surgery. Not only does this women need her licensed revoked, she needs to be thrown under the jail.
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford