And cosmetic surgeon is under fire once again as another civil suit is filed against him -- adding to the laundry list of his past accusations.
17's kurt kelsey joins us with the details.
Kurt: you may recognize the name- doctor jason helliwell- state regualtors sought to revoke or suspend his license in august and in september advanced women's health center, where helliwell works in northwest bakersfield, was under investigation for tax and insurance fraud.
Now -- there is a new lawsuit.
Kurt kelsey: a lawsuit filed late last month by a patient from merced of doctor jason helliwell states he is accused of gross medical negligence, negligent misrepresenta tion, battery, fraud, loss of consortium, and breach of warranty.
The suit states the patient received a breast augmentation march 23, 2014 which cost her 45- hundred dollars.
But the plaintiff alleges helliwell failed to close the incisions.
For post oprative care, the suit states helliwell prescribed a quote 'cocktail' of antibiotics, but the patient claims her sugical wounds became infected almost immediately.
The lawsuit states prior to this procedure, many other patients of helliwell's also developed a similar infection, but prosecutors argue the doctor made no effort to seek professional training and advice to reduce the incidence of infection.
Days later, documents state the merced patient's new incisions split open on both breasts.
But the suit states helliwell said the split was because of her smoking.
In april of 2014, the lawsuit states helliewell attempted repairs to her breasts failing to address the problem and charged her another 15- hundred dollars.
A month later, the patient says she went back to helliwell's office with a high fever, leaking breasts, and open and infected surgical wounds, and after waiting nearly five hours in his office-- she sought care at a kaiser permanente hospital.
According to the lawsuit, the woman now has only breast, and has to wear a sock under her bra to avoid public humiliation.
Kurt: the lawsuit continues to go on with various other allegations against doctor helliwell.
We reached out for comment from him, his office, and his attorney, but have not received any word back as of newstime.
Kurt kelsey, 17 news.
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