A former Encino cosmetic surgeon was convicted Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter for the death of a 61-year-old patient during a liposuction operation that lasted more than 11 hours.
Jurors deliberated just under two hours before finding Ehab Aly Mohamed guilty of the felony charge stemming from the August 2010 death of Sharon Carpenter, according to Deputy District Attorney Rachel Greene.
Authorities alleged that the woman — who had paid $100,000 for the surgery — was given a lethal combination of drugs during the lengthy surgical procedure that started at 1:10 p.m. Aug. 21, 2010, in Mohamed’s Encino office.
Mohamed’s medical assistant called 911 after the woman became unresponsive, and she was pronounced dead at 12:50 a.m. Aug. 22, 2010, according to an accusation filed against Mohamed on behalf of the Medical Board of California in May 2012.
Along with the involuntary manslaughter count involving Carpenter, Mohamed was also convicted of a felony count of elder or dependent adult abuse involving a second patient. That charge involved a lengthy liposuction procedure in May 2010 on a 77-year-old woman, according to Greene.
Mohamed is facing a maximum of five years in prison, with sentencing set Feb. 3 in a Van Nuys courtroom. Mohamed had previously been convicted of forgery and burglary in one case, and of two counts of attempted grand theft in another case.
— City News Service