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Trial for doctor blamed in patients' deaths postponed because of bankruptcy filing

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KENNESAW, GA (CBS46) -

Two women went under the knife to change their looks and lost their lives.

Now the families seeking closure may not get it in the near future.

The trial of Dr. Nedra Dodds was set to begin at the Cobb County courthouse Monday, but at the last minute, the doctor involved made a legal move that changed the course of the case and postponed it indefinitely.

With every day that passes, Audrey Jenkins struggles to find a sense of peace in her life after the tragic death of her sister, April, two years ago.

"This is a dark cloud that's over us and until this cloud is dissolved or goes away, we won't have any peace," said Audrey Jenkins.

April Jenkins died following a liposuction procedure performed by Kennesaw Dr. Nedra Dodds.  The medical examiner's report showed a perforation in Jenkins' diaphragm, as well as multiple puncture wounds to her liver.  

"It has been very emotional for my family, especially my parents. I feel for them more than anything," said Audrey Jenkins.

The Jenkins family sued Dodds and was prepared to begin their civil trial, but Dodds filed for bankruptcy at the last minute putting an indefinite hold on the trial.

"I think and I believe that this is just another one of Nedra Dodds' avoidance tactics in the long list that she's established throughout the process," said Audrey Jenkins.

The state medical board suspended Dodds' license last year following a CBS46 investigation which revealed a second patient death just four months after Jenkins. This time Erica Beaubrun died following a cosmetic procedure performed by Dodds. Both women and their estates were listed in the bankruptcy filing.    

Last week, the Georgia Composite Medical Board ruled that Dodds care failed to conform to the minimum standard of acceptable and prevailing medical practice which is also considered malpractice.  Dodds will have a hearing to determine the future of her medical license next month.

"I would just like to see her stand up and assume responsibility because as we know she was negligent," said Audrey Jenkins.

CBS46 reached out to Dodds' attorney, but they did not issue a comment.

It's unclear as to when a new trial date will be set.

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