Prominent Florida Surgeon Indicted for Wife’s Death in Clinic Mishap


In the Florida Panhandle city of Pensacola, a prominent local plastic surgeon has been embroiled in law enforcement proceedings following the tragic death of his wife. The surgeon in question, Benjamin Brown, has been indicted on charges of second-degree felony manslaughter due to culpable negligence, following an apparent mishap in his clinic. The controversial incident occurred during unconventional after-hours procedures the doctor conducted on his wife, who subsequently suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away a few days later.

Early this week, Dr. Brown found himself behind bars but was discharged after securing a $50,000 bond. His defense pertaining to the charges is staunch — he plans to enter a plea of not guilty and face the accusations head-on in court, revealed his lawyer, Barry Beroset.

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The untimely demise of Benjamin’s wife, Hillary Brown, has provoked statewide inquiries. As officials detailed it, she was under his care at his Pensacola clinic when she fell into cardiac arrest. She was immediately rushed to a nearby medical facility where she ultimately passed on a week later.

Adding to Dr. Brown’s legal woes, the Florida Department of Health presented an administrative complaint against him to the state Board of Medicine the previous month. The complaint seeks punitive measures up to and including Dr. Brown’s license suspension or complete revocation.

Incidentally, according to the Department of Health’s complaint, Hillary herself prepped for the procedures, which encompassed lip injections, arm liposuction, and an ear modification operation. Lacking supervision, she prepared her local anesthesia and filled her intravenous bags. Prior to the operations, she ingested several medications, such as a sedative, a painkiller, and an antibiotic, thruway to achieving a sedated state.

As the procedures commenced, Hillary reportedly complained of vision disturbances and described seeing ‘orange’. Despite this, her husband administered additional lidocaine into her face. In a twist of events, she became unresponsive and eventually suffered a seizure. The medical assistant present repeatedly asked Dr. Brown whether to summon paramedics, but his response was consistently negative.

When her breathing became barely discernible and her pulse and blood oxygen content dropped to critical levels, Dr. Brown finally ordered the call to 911 and started resuscitation measures. But contrary to his claim, a medical assistant confided she had independently made the call, not Dr. Brown. Upon getting admitted to the emergency department, she was treated for lidocaine toxicity, according to the hospital staff.

Recently, the Department of Health imposed an emergency directive that restricts Dr. Brown’s license to carry out procedures exclusively in hospital settings under the close watch of a peer. His wife, despite having no official health care practitioner licensure, often administered injections and conducted laser treatments on patients.

The procedures performed on Hillary Brown were viewed by those overseeing the case as filled with indifference and recklessness. They have specifically cited the evident signs of lidocaine toxicity, such as muscle spasms and blurred vision, that were overlooked. These violations resulted in a stern order that exposed Dr. Brown’s alleged inability and unwillingness to deliver the adequate level of care required of him for his prospective patients.