ATLANTA (WCMH/WFLA) — An Atlanta-based plastic surgeon seen on video singing and dancing in the middle of surgery is now facing several malpractice suits, including one from a family that claims the doctor left their mother brain damaged.
HLN obtained video of multiple instances of questionable conduct by Dr. Windell Boutte in the operating room. As she cuts into human flesh, the Atlanta-area dermatologist sings and dances for the camera.
In one video, Bouette is seen cutting into a patient’s abdomen while she sings and dances along to O.T. Genasis’ song “Cut it.”
In another video, Bouette is seen dancing around with her surgical instruments and performing her own version of Migos’ “Bad and Boujee.”
“My patients are bad and boujee. Building up fat in the booty. My patients are snatched with big booties. We got tummy tucks and BBLs TOO!” (BBL stands for Brazilian butt lifts, a type of surgery, according to CNN.) The patient’s half-bare buttocks are in view.
More than 20 videos were posted to the doctor’s public YouTube channel for promotional purposes.
They have since been deleted.
Patients have taken notice.
HLN has found 5 malpractice lawsuits pending against Boutte. She has reached 4 settlements.
HLN has not found judgments decided against her, but female patients with lawsuits claim they have suffered infections, disfigurement, and even brain damage following procedures at Boutte’s hand.
Boutte’s office and her attorneys did not respond to HLN’s request for comment.
HLN has learned the Georgia Composite Medical Board has had information regarding Boutte’s allegedly unsafe practices since at least March 2016.
In an interview with CNN affiliate WSB, the chairman refused to comment directly on Boutte, but said the board does not want to rush to judgment.
So Boutte continues to practice.
Susan Witt is an attorney representing three women who claim their lives have been changed by Dr. Boutte.
“Quite frankly, that’s appalling that they’ve had info about Dr Boutte and her unsafe practices for 26 months,” she said.
Among them is Icilma Cornelius. Two and a half years ago, Cornelius went to Boutte’s premier aesthetic center for Botox and other minor cosmetic treatments ahead of her wedding.
“She was really excited to start the next chapter of her life and once the office staff was aware of that they played upon the fact that she was getting married and she wanted to look good in her dress,” Witt said.
While in the office, Cornelius agreed to more: A surgery procedure that Boutte said could flatten her stomach.
More than 8 hours into surgery, Boutte’s staff called 911, according to court documents.
“While they did start CPR by the time the first responders arrived she was essentially dead. Her pupils were fixed and dilated,” Witt said.
Cornelius survived but suffered permanent brain damage. Her 26-year-old son Ojay Liburd is now her 24-hour caretaker.
“I have to basically help her in bathroom, brush her teeth, I have to prepare her meals, prepare her medication, of course changing her clothes,” he said. “Everything we’re used to doing for ourselves I have to do that for her.”
Cornelius’ case was settled for an undisclosed amount.
Former patients tell HLN they bought Boutte’s claim that she is Atlanta’s leading cosmetic surgeon and her credentials: Medical school at UCLA, residency at Emory, a board-certified dermatologist.
But lawsuits claim she’s unqualified to do many of the procedures she advertises, even though law in Georgia allows it.
“If you have a medical license then there’s no restriction on what you can do,” Witt said. “We have seen cases where emergency room physicians have gotten into the cosmetic surgery business. OBGYNs who are performing breast augmentation, breast reductions, tummy tucks.”
Witt said the focus is on Boutte now, but she is not unique.