WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Windell Davis Boutté, a dermatologist who describes herself as a “nationally and internationally known” cosmetic surgeon, is being sued by at least seven former patients.
- Lawyers of the plaintiffs allege that Boutté tricked her patients by advertising herself as being board-certified in “surgery and dermatology,” when she was only certified in dermatology.
- There were several videos posted to the clinic’s YouTube channel, showing Boutté rapping, dancing, gesturing over her patients’ naked bodies, obviously during their procedures.
Windell Davis Boutté convinced Icilma Cornelius to undergo several procedures before her nuptials. Cornelius, then 54, went to Boutté’s medical office atop a hill in suburban Atlanta in 2016 to inquire about Botox and other anti-aging facial fillers.
Cornelius agreed to several cosmetic surgeries before her wedding—a standard panniculectomy that would remove fat and skin from her lower abdomen, and “SmartLipo,” a type of laser liposuction, would remove fat from her upper abdomen, love handles, bra roll, lower back and upper third of her buttocks, according to court documents.
She paid for a total of $11,284.50 for all the procedures mentioned.
“She just wanted to be perfect for her wedding dress,” Cornelius’ son, Ojay Liburd, told WSB-2 in Atlanta.
While undergoing a cosmetic procedure on Feb. 18, 2016, something went terribly wrong—Cornelius went into cardiac arrest. A medical student present during the procedure called 911, reporting Cornelius as unconscious and unable to breathe.
Paramedics came and stabilized Cornelius, but there were delays transporting her to the hospital. Boutté took 30 minutes to close up Cornelius’s abdomen and because there was no elevator at the clinic the paramedics had to carry Cornelius down the stairs.
She was “in severe distress, unresponsive … and unable to breathe without a ventilator,” when she reached the Eastside Medical Center. Cornelius suffered “a severe and debilitating catastrophic brain injury” and today relies on a feeding tube and round-the-clock care.
Her wedding was canceled.
In one of the notorious videos, Boutté is rapping along to the O.T. Genasis song “Cut It,” while holding and waving a scalpel to the beat of the song.
According to the Washington Post, “At some point during the video, Boutté begins making incisions on the patient’s side, slicing into the skin back and forth to the lyrics: “Them bricks is way too hot, you need to cut it. Your price is way too high, you need to cut it.”
“In 14 years of medical malpractice [law], both on the defense and plaintiffs’ side, I have never seen anything as outrageous and black-and-white as this doctor,” Chloe Dallaire, a lawyer representing some of Boutté’s former patients, said. “From every angle, whether it’s staffing, lack of protocol … every which way you look at this case, it’s malpractice.”
Source: The Washington Post