Florida Teen cheerleader dies after breast surgery
|A US high school cheerleading captain who was set to study medicine has died after complications arising from breast surgery.
Stephanie Kuleba, 18, checked into a hospital in Baco Raton, Florida, on Friday to correct an inverted nipple and asymmetrical breasts — a procedure that required her to receive implants.
But about an hour and 45 minutes into the operation doctors noticed something was wrong.
She was rushed to nearby Delray Medical Centre, where she died 24 hours later.
Doctors believe Kuleba suffered a rare reaction to general anaesthesia known as malignant hyperthermia.
Her angry family is now considering legal action as questions arise over why she was not immediately administered a muscle relaxant called Dantrium, the recognised treatment for such a reaction.
"This was something that was believed to be a routine procedure," family attorney Roberto Stanziale was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.
"There was never any indication that she was not going to walk out of that surgical suite. It's devastating."
Stanziale also said the Delray centre tried to convince Kuleba's family not to request an autopsy, Fox News reports.
Kuleba was a popular student and cheerleader at her high school and had recently been accepted to study medicine at the University of Florida.