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Deadly Surgery

Bariatric Surgery is a rare procedure performed on morbidly obese people, those who are at least 100 pounds overweight. It's a complicated surgery for high risk patients. After having Bariatric Surgery at Highland Medical Center, four patients developed severe complications, one of them even died, and since then, their doctor has resigned. "I've done more than 600 cases without any deaths and this is not the first time I did it in Lubbock. I've done about 25 before that and everything went fine, but for some reason there were two complications back to back and I'm still trying to figure out what went wrong," Dr. Ramesh Srungaram said.

Dr. Ramesh Srungaram said his last surgery at Highland Medical Center was last Thursday and while complications are expected...he's still looking for answers. "This is not unusual to have complications it's more or less expected in some patients," Dr. Srungaram said.

A Highland Medical Center spokesperson says this procedure has temporarily been stopped at the hospital. The four patients were all transferred to University Medical Center, that's where one woman died. The other three patients are no information patients.

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