TORONTO -- An anesthesiologist left the recovery room for a snack while a liposuction patient with weak vital signs lay on what was to become her death bed, a hearing heard yesterday.
Krista Stryland, 32, died from complications from a liposuction procedure at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic in September, 2007.
"I was in the vicinity of the recovery room, but I would usually go for a cookie," Dr. Bruce Lieberman, the anesthesiologist at the clinic told a disciplinary hearing at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
The hearing is investigating Dr. Behnaz Yazdanfar, who performed the liposuction on Stryland. The college claims the doctor failed to maintain professional standards with 28 patients between 2005 and 2007.
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