Doctor's license suspended following cosmetic surgery deaths

 

A metro Atlanta doctor under investigation following two deaths at her Kennesaw med spa has been ordered to stop practicing.

CBS46 News began investigating Dr. Nedra Dodds seven months ago and has reported on accusations of misconduct.

The State Medical Board suspended Dodds' license Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, saying, "The Board finds that Respondent's continued practice of medicine poses a threat to the public health, safety, and welfare and imperatively requires emergency action and hereby ORDERS that Respondent's license to practice medicine in the state of Georgia be and is hereby SUMMARILY SUSPENDED…"

An employee at Opulence Aesthetic Medicine in Kennesaw told CBS46 News Monday that Dodds was out sick. The employee also said she was unaware that Dodds' license has been suspended.

April Jenkins died over a year ago while undergoing liposuction performed by Dodds.

The medical examiner found a perforation in 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, April Jenkins' father, said.

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

First responders found her lying in a pool of blood, and according to medical records, she was in a state of cardiac arrest for 22 minutes before 911 was called.

"Why so long? Not even five minutes, a minute is a lot. A minute is a lot. You know what can be done in one minute? You can save a life," Beaubrun's mother, Elsie Albert, asked.

"I know that it is very painful for a parent to believe, at the same time those are not the facts," Dodds said.

Hal Jenkins responded to the board's action and told CBS46 News, "I'm glad they took action, but I think they should have taken action from the beginning."

Albert told us, "Although it's too late for my daughter, it's not too late for others, so I'm pleased to hear the news."

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