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