A plastic surgeon has died from complications related to coronavirus after a patient who later tested positive coughed on him while getting lip fillers.
Dr Payman Simoni, 50, from Beverley Hills, died on January 8 from a brain hemorrhage after he was placed in a medically induced coma when his lungs began to fail.
He contracted Covid in December after performing a lip filler injection on a woman, reports TMZ.
The father of two had performed the procedure on the woman after she had her temperature checked and filled out a coronavirus questionnaire.
The maskless woman, however, was not tested for Covid but called Dr Simoni days later to tell him she had tested positive for the virus.
Friends of Simoni said he felt ‘perfectly fine’ for about a week before he began experiencing symptoms, according to KCAL.
He was taken to Cesars-Sinai Medical Center when he began feeling shortness of breath, and quickly deteriorated.
A long-time family friend of Simoni, Katy Amiri-Younes, told KCAL the death came as a ‘shock’ to loved ones of the father of two.
She said: ‘The shock is that he was so perfectly healthy.
‘He’s a doctor, I called him when I had Covid. He was instructing me what to do.’
Last May, Beverly Hills City Council members voted allow elective surgeries amid the pandemic.
The council argued that residents should be able to receive treatments for medical conditions like a flagging heart valve and tooth aches – but it opened the door for cosmetic surgery.
The coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles County has hit tragic new levels in the first days of the 2021 as California’s Covid death toll topped 30,000 on Monday.
So far during the pandemic 22.8 million cases detected in the US and 381,130 people have sadly lost their lives. Yesterday was the worst single day for deaths yet, with 4,300 fatalities.
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