The Florida Board of Medicine filed paperwork Tuesday to officially revoke the license of Dr. Osak Omulepu. That step means he will no longer be allowed to perform cosmetic procedures including his self-proclaimed specialty, the Brazilian Butt Lift, in Florida.
His attorney, Monica Rodriguez, by phone said she has filed paperwork Tuesday to appeal the decision.
Department of Health officials said the doctor was "reckless" in performing Brazilian butt lift procedures on two women in 2015. Both women were hospitalized with life threatening conditions. The NBC 6 Investigators have reported on the issues involving patients who claimed they had health issues after undergoing surgery with Dr. Omulepu.
On May 15, 2015, mothers Nyosha Fowler and Donna Mcrae traveled from out-of-state to Miami to undergo Brazilian Butt Lift procedures. That's where fat is taken from a patient’s stomach or back and injected into their butt.
An administrative judge ruled Dr. Omulepu committed malpractice by improperly using the metal instrumented to inject fact, along with record keeping violations. The Board of Medicine voted in early April to revoke the doctor’s license instead of a lighter penalty which would have allowed him to continue operating.
The doctor struck Mcrae's liver and Fowler's bowel. Both women were hospitalized and Fowler said she still has trouble walking two years later.
During a recent medical board hearing, Dr. Omulepu's attorney argued hitting an organ is a known complication that is covered in the consent form signed by patients.
The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is growing in popularity around the world. A series of NBC 6 Investigations into the surgery sparked a worldwide study that found the risk of dying is up to 20 times greater than any other cosmetic procedure. The study also issued new recommendations to doctors, encouraging them to not insert their instruments too deeply into the body to avoid into veins and organs.
The doctor's attorney said in addition to filing a notice of appeal she will ask a judge to grant a stay that would allow him to operate during the appeals process. It could take up to two weeks for a judge to make a decision.