South Florida woman dies while undergoing liposuction

WESTON, Fla. - A South Florida woman stopped breathing while undergoing a liposuction procedure and died a short time later at a hospital.

Officials say 38-year-old Marie Shortall underwent the procedure at the Alyne Center for Cosmetic Medicine in Weston on Saturday afternoon. The Broward County Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy Monday, but a cause of death has not been established.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office says an employee at center called 911 about 3:10 p.m. She was taken to the nearby Cleveland Clinic.

It was unclear who performed the procedure but Florida records show no complaints against Dr. Alberto Sant Antonio or the facility. A phone message left at the center was not immediately returned.

Attorney Michael Freedland says Shortall went to the center for liposuction around her abdomen.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com
 

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