Family files malpractice lawsuit after daughter dies due to anesthesia complications

The parents of Stephanie Kuleba, an 18-year-old Florida girl who died because of complications of anesthesia while undergoing plastic surgery, have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the anesthesiologist and plastic surgeon who operated on their daughter.

According to a posting on, Kuleba died of a condition known as malignant hyperthermia, a rare genetic disease which was triggered by anesthesia. Kuleba was undergoing surgery in 2008 to correct inverted nipples and breast asymmetry at the time of her death. Malignant hyperthermia is a condition which speeds up the body’s metabolism and heart rate. About 90% of patients survive the condition when treated properly. The condition occurs in one of every 20-100,000 people who undergo anesthesia.

Thomas and Joanne Kuleba’s wrongful death lawsuit contends that Dr. Steve Schuster’s office was not prepared to respond to their daughter’s needs once her condition because life-threatening. The Kulebas claim the physicians were negligent in not diagnosing Stephanie’s condition soon enough, not administering enough Dantrolene, a drug used to treat the condition, and waited too long to call 911.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people for medical malpractice claims if a physician’s negligence resulted in injury or death.

Plastic surgery malpractice can lead to serious injuries or death due to infection or can lead to permanent damage, excessive scarring, nerve damage or disfigurement.

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For more information about malignant hyperthermia, see the Stephanie Jude Kuleba – Awareness of Malignant Hyperthermia web-site.

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