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According to People.com, Dr. Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon who operated on Kanye West’s mother right before her death, has surrendered his medical license.
In November 2007, Dr. Jan Adams performed several surgeries on Kanye West’s mother, Donda West, including liposuction and breast reduction. She died the next day after returning to her Los Angeles home. Adams, a plastic surgeon, who appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and once had his own television program, has given up his license to practice medicine in the state of California.
“A series of complaints were filed against Mr. Adams, but he chose to surrender his license instead of contest them,” California Medical Board spokeswoman Candis Cohen told the site.
According to People, the cited complaints involve two convictions for driving under the influence and failure to pay child support. Dr. Adams also had at least four malpractice judgments against him between 2001 and 2007.
It was not clear whether any of the complaints were directly related to Ms. West’s death.
An autopsy performed on the 58-year-old West concluded that she died of heart failure. The report said that “coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors due to or as a consequence of liposuction and mammoplasty” led to her sudden death and that “there was no evidence of surgical or anesthetic misadventure.”
Dr. Adams has said that there were no complications during West’s surgery. According to the autopsy report, she walked out of the clinic several hours after the procedures with heavy bandages and prescription for the painkiller Vicodin. West returned to her home in Los Angeles, despite advice that she should continue to receive post-operative care. The next morning, she began to feel more pain and had difficulty breathing. However, she “was left unattended and found unresponsive on the bed,” according to the report. Friends called 911 and West was rushed to Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead on November 10, 2007.
“As far as I’m concerned … at least the autopsy report suggests nothing went on during surgery, nothing went on during recovery,” Dr. Adams told CNN’s Larry King in January 2008. Several months earlier, the plastic surgeon had walked off the set during King’s live broadcast, saying, “I’m going to apologize to you because I think I’m taking up your airtime, but I will not be on the show and I will not discuss any of that. I’m going to honor their wishes.”