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Donda's Surgeon -- I'm the Victim of "Sleaze"

11/13/2007 1:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams has told TMZ that he was the doctor who performed cosmetic surgery on Kanye West's mother Donda before she died.

Dr. Adams told TMZ her death, which followed a tummy tuck and breast reduction, was unforeseen and could have been caused by a heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or massive vomiting.

Dr. Adams tells us West consulted with him over a period of four months. He says she changed her mind numerous times, sometimes greenlighting the surgery and sometimes halting it.

As for the TMZ report that Beverly Hills doctor Andre Aboolian refused to conduct the surgery because of a medical condition that West had, Dr. Adams said of Dr. Aboolian, "He is sleazy and manipulating the truth to elevate his own importance."

Dr. Adams says he did nothing wrong.

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121.

par four    

I don't know why everybody is doggin this Dr. out if he was white nothing would be said and if it was it would be a hand full of people.
Kanye and his mother knew what they were getting into they just did not do enough research and he wanted to give his mother what ever she wanted while it lasted.
That goes to show you how money will change you.
If it had came out as a successful operation nobody would have never knew it ever happen.
Look at all these black celebrities anymore it's out of hand if they have'nt tried it they will buy it you name it.
Take some of that money trying to get that white mans dream and invest it into some of these companys that have closed down putting men and women out of work and reopen them up under a black owned and operated company.
Come to think about it i dont know of any black owned auto company.
Well so much for that back off the doc. if it was'nt him it would be someone else.
God be with kanye during this sad time.

2446 days ago
122.

abby    

Why is he smiling? He just killed Kanye's mom.

2446 days ago
123.

Narcissa    

Everyone, please, stop with all your bickering! As Kayne (sp?) will no doubt be sure to announce with great fanfare, George Bush is responsible for this debacle.

Just like Katrina, I tell ya!

2446 days ago
124.

gupto    

4. massive vomiting is fatal??? yikes; good thing i didn't download the whole britney album.

Posted at 10:42PM on Nov 12th 2007 by t.rex


yeah if u had surgery in that area..DUH!!!!

2446 days ago
125.

Mariah    

#124. Haven't we established this was almost without a doubt a photo pre-surgery. Hell, if the guy is on TV it's probably a publicity photo for the show.

#128. Jacobroloff: That is a rather ignorant comment. It's not just black people. What about Madonna or David Letterman just to name a couple. I think they all find it endearing for some reason.

2446 days ago
126.

457211    

Regarding Privacy Rights and Ethics

Any death, such as this one, is a horrible tragedy and my heart and sympathy go out to the family of Ms West.

I am not so sure that dead people have many rights at all, not the least privacy rights.

Simple decency, humanity and ethics though, would strongly encourage the withholding of any comments about the dead until all the facts are known. Promoting and advertising oneself by recounting a recommendation one made to a patient sometime in the past and before the cause of death is known does not reflect well on anyone. It is not clear at all what the patient died of and what pre-existing condition or conditions might or might not have contributed to it. All pre-operative patients should be “medically cleared” before surgery. That is not in dispute at this time. It is not evident that Ms West refused to get a medical clearance. Perhaps she chose a different doctor for some other reason. It seems most disingenuous to me, for anyone go on national television and on one hand describe their recommendation during a private medical consultation with Ms West but on the other hand avoid answering other questions about the now deceased patient because of “privacy” rights. Is there an implication that the patient was not “medically cleared”? Was that the point? If so why not just say it? If the privacy of the deceased was truly a concern, it is hard for me to understand why one would make any statement at all at this time. I am not presently questioning anyone’s medical or surgical judgment concerning any aspect of this matter. My concern is about self-promotion and ethics.

Medical professionals are not tabloid journalists, paparazzi or entertainers and thus can be held to different ethical standards of behavior.

2446 days ago
127.

just wondering    

..#132...AMEN.....

2446 days ago
128.

SarcasticNYCboy    

Jan Adams hosts "Plastic Surgery Before and After" on Discovery Health. I knew there was something I didn't like about the guy. Now I see why...what a quack!!

2446 days ago
129.

JESSICA    

as far as privacy rights violations, it is only a violation if the doctor's do not have permission from the patient or someone else qualified to grant permission, like a family member that the patient has appointed to speak or act for them if they aren't capable. Also, if the surgeon whom said he did not do the surgery, if he wasn't paid for his consutation or there asn't a agreement between the two of them in writing or verbal agreement that states he is her doctor during her visits, technically she wasn't his patient. also, she could have made an agreement and gave them permission to talk abuot her surgery, for whatever the reason. people give permssion to their surgeon to discuss their procedures all the time. How do U think you see people surgical cases on tv. it can't be televised or discuss without the patient's or an appointed individual's permission. Also, surgeons just like anyone else have the right to defend themselves. Now if the surgeon who actually performed the surgery, if he did not have that permission to release of discuss, and if that is actually what he said, he did violate her privacy rights. Even when he has a right to face their accusers and defend themselves, they're are limits to what they are allowed to say. Meaning, there is a time and place for everything.

2446 days ago
130.

White Power    

Note to Self: No Affirmative Action doctors for me.

2446 days ago
131.

dee    

Most surgeries that result in death from complications are not grounds for malpractice. Willful intent or gross negligence have to be proven in the state of California and that isn't easy to do. Anyway, my condolences to the family.

2446 days ago
132.

JESSICA    

going by what is published in the above statement, he did not say why she died, he was actually responding to what the first surgeon said. that surgeon comments can be a law suit of defamation of character and slander. that surgeon was implying that her death was caused by the cosmetic surgery. the surgeon above said, until anyone know for sure the COD, her death could have possible have nothing to do with surgery. He was saying that ther are a number of reasons she died. the part of the first surgeon statement that was published, he was also implying that, she didn't return with that information, that she went to someone that would with or without the clearance. for all we knows, she could've gotten the clearance and that she never came back to him to perform her sugery, that she just decided that she didn't want him to perform the procedure. this would for publicity stunt for his business. for him it will be more money more money for him.

2446 days ago
133.

mistyblue    

I am sorry about the death of Mrs. West. As far as privacy, this is the price you pay for fame. All your business get in the streets. This is just part of being famous. No privacy.
RIP Mrs. West.

2446 days ago
134.

CVS Whore    

I'M SURPRISE THAT A WOMEN OF HER INTELLEGENCE AND MEANS ,WASN'T SITTING IN UCLA HOSPITAL [OR THE LIKE ] , WITH ALL OF IT'S RESOURCES,GETTING THESE SURGERIES. ESPECIALLY IF SHE WAS "HIGH RISK".

2446 days ago
135.

vALORIE    

IM SORRY ABOUT KANYE WEST MOTHER BUT MY QUESTION IF HIS MOTHER HAD A HEART CONDITION WHY DIDNT THIS DOCTOR TELL HER THE SAME THING THIS CAN BE FATAL TO YOUR HEALTH SHE WAS 58 YEARS OLD WHY MULTIPLE SURGURIES THAT IS TO MUCH AT ONE TIME DUE TO THE FACT OF HER CONDITION AND HER AGE COME ON THIS IS TRUE GREED HERE, IF IT WAS MY MOM AND I LOVE MY MOM YOU ONLY GET ONE MOTHER I WOULD SUE THE CRAP OUT THIS DOCTOR JUST BECAUSE I KNOW IT WILL NEVER BRING BACK MY MOM BUT TRUST ME HE COULD HAVE TOLD HER JUST LIKE THE OTHER DOC SAID THIS IS TERRIABLEEEEEEEEEEE

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