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Victim's family speaks out one year after cosmetic surgery death

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SAVANNAH, GA (CBS46) -

One year ago this week, April Jenkins died after having cosmetic surgery at a metro Atlanta med spa. For the first time, Jenkins' father, Hal Jenkins, is talking about that tragic day and wondering why the Georgia Medical Board hasn't taken action against the doctor.

"She was the love of our life, she was everything to us," Hal Jenkins said. "It's just very hurtful to even talk about her because I miss her so much."

April Jenkins died last February while undergoing liposuction performed by Dr. Nedra Dodds at Opulence Aesthetic Medicine in Kennesaw.

"She didn't take care of my sister and that hurts me to this day," April Jenkins' sister, Audrey Jenkins, said.

Employees in the operating room during the procedure said April Jenkins complained that it was "tearing and burning." They also told police a rag was placed in April Jenkins' mouth to quiet her.

The medical examiner found a perforation in April Jenkins' diaphragm as well as multiple puncture wounds to her liver.

"Someone that's supposed to be professional and they let something like this happen to her. I can't understand it," Hal Jenkins said.

Even though it's been a year since April Jenkins died, the family has yet to see any action by authorities. The state medical board continues to allow Dodds to practice, despite complaints from employees that she was behaving irresponsibly before and after April Jenkins died.

"They'd be restrained because they'd be waking up and screaming, 'Oh this hurts,' and people in the waiting room would hear screaming, but she'd keep going and keep liposuctioning as these people are screaming, but they wouldn't remember because the medications made them forget," a nurse that had worked for Dodds said.

Four months after April Jenkins' death, another woman, Erica Beaubrun, died during a buttocks reduction performed by Dodds.

"How does the medical board allow her to practice and do the things she does? Two people are already dead, how many people have to die in order for them to stop her?" Hal Jenkins asked.

After numerous requests for an interview with the board's executive director went unanswered, CBS Atlanta traveled to Macon to the board's public meeting and asked why the board didn't take action after finding out about the deaths.

"Complaints again are confidential so I can't tell you any information about what the board is or is not doing," LaSharn Hughes with the Georgia Medical Board said. "You have made the board aware of this information, so the board is aware."

We also made the board aware that many of Dodds' credentials displayed on their website were false, misleading the public. Yet the website still says Dodds is board certified in emergency medicine. She hasn't had that certification since 2010.

"Maybe the medical board needs to take a notice to this and try to investigate to satisfy the public and satisfy the grieving parents that are grieving over their children that have died in her facilities," Hal Jenkins said.

According to the website for the Georgia Medical Board, no action has been taken to date against Dodds.

What to Check Before Surgery:

CheckDescriptionHow to Check
Board Certification Certification by an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recognized board that is appropriate to the procedure. American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certification ensures in-depth plastic surgical training. ABPS: 215-587-9322 or http://www.abplsurg.org
ABMS: http://www.abms.org
Hospital Privileges Regardless of where the surgery is to be performed, the surgeon should have privileges to perform the procedure in an acute care hospital. Ask the professional staff office at the hospital to verify staff privileges.
Surgeon's Experience American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) membership means a surgeon is ABPS-certified and has significant experience in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. ASAPS: 888-272-7711 or http://www.surgery.org
Surgical Facility Accreditation Facilities should be accredited by a recognized accrediting body, or be state licensed or Medicare-certified. AAAASF: 847-949-6058 or http://www.aaaasf.org
AAAHC: 847-853-6060 or http://www.aaahc.org
JCAHO: 630-792-5000 or http://www.jcaho.org
Check with individual states for license information.
Details of Your Surgery To be discussed before surgery: Your complete medical history including past and current medications; surgical benefits, risks, and alternatives; total cost including surgeon fees, anesthesia, facility and other; surgeon's policy on revisionary procedures; postsurgical care and typical timeline for resuming work/social activities. Ask your board-certified plastic surgeon.

Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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