Parents of cheerleader who died after...

Parents of cheerleader who died after plastic surgery defend de...

There are 369 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Mar 31, 2008, titled Parents of cheerleader who died after plastic surgery defend de.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Stephanie Kuleba's parents and brother appeared on NBC's Today Show this morning, speaking publicly for the first time about the popular West Boca Raton High School cheerleader's death after breast surgery.

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Boca Mom

Deerfield Beach, FL

#474 Apr 5, 2008
ohio dad wrote:
While I am deeply saddened for the Kuleba family for their loss, I am a little taken back at all the attention that this has received. My oldest daughter died two years ago, 7 days after her 18th birthday during the surgery o have implants. She died of the same thing that Ms. Kuleba passed from. But the difference is, I am from Ohio and middle class, she is from Boca Raton, FL, millionairres galore. I guess it is a bigger deal when a rich kid passes. Yes I am bitter, this has brought back awaful memories from 6/11/06. Sorry.
This family wasn't wealthy at all, just middle class. The reason this story got any media coverage at all is because a BLONDE CHEERLEADER died as a result of BREAST IMPLANT SURGERY. Don't you see? That's what sells newspapers and attracts TV viewers. White, blonde, young women doing things that could be considered to be outside the mainstream of middle-American society. That's all it amounts to: the media used the story of this girls death to sell advertising. It's as simple as that.

I'm sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine what it is like to lose a child and I'm so sorry that your daughter is no longer with you.
KULEBA OVERCOMPENSATING

United States

#475 Apr 5, 2008
Will someone tell Stephanie's parents that they have completely used up their 15-minutes of fame.

They should and could create an initiative for pre-testing for the flaw that caused their daughter's fatal reaction to anethesia.

Do SOMETHING POSITIVE in memory of Stephanie.
Facts about Kuleba

West Palm Beach, FL

#476 Apr 7, 2008
Joane Kuleba and Thomas Kuleba are DIVORCED and have been since 2000.
The Final Judgment as to child support states:
"All child support for the minor child(ren) shall continue to be paid until the child(ren) reaches the age of 18 (or 19 and expected to graduate from high school), dies, marries or becomes self-supporting."
The PBC Property Appraiser assessed Joanne Kuleba's Mission Bay 3,972 sq. foot home at $245,000 (which means it is worth about $430,000 -- its 2005 appraisal. The Tax Value after the $25,000 Homestead Exemption is $4,370.
Why the potential lawsuit?
Bob Greasy

Lockbourne, OH

#478 Apr 8, 2008
taxedenough wrote:
The National Institute of Health (NIH) announced a new standard for medical testing.
Testing on rats will be terminated, and in the future live animal testing will be performed using lawyers. The NIH presented the following explanation for its decision:
Some lab assistants were becoming quite attached to their rats, and it was important to find an alternative which would not inspire emotional involvment.
The population of attorneys grows at a faster rate than the population of rats.
Lawyers contribute less to society, and thus are more expendable than rats.
Animal rights societies do not oppose experimentation on lawyers.
There are some things even a rat won't do.
The NIH is trying to resolve concerns raised by this change, that using lawyers for testing may render it more difficult to extrapolate test results to human beings.
Would those be lab-rats?
FATSO

West Palm Beach, FL

#479 Apr 30, 2008
ohio dad wrote:
While I am deeply saddened for the Kuleba family for their loss, I am a little taken back at all the attention that this has received. My oldest daughter died two years ago, 7 days after her 18th birthday during the surgery o have implants. She died of the same thing that Ms. Kuleba passed from. But the difference is, I am from Ohio and middle class, she is from Boca Raton, FL, millionairres galore. I guess it is a bigger deal when a rich kid passes. Yes I am bitter, this has brought back awaful memories from 6/11/06. Sorry.
My daughter also wants an enlargment, but at age 24 she is an adult, so I can't stop her. So sorry for your loss. I wish the media would tell of the danger more often. God bless you.
just ablonde

Spartanburg, SC

#481 Jun 23, 2009
EnoughAlready wrote:
I love how the LAWYER says the family did extensive research...well I had to have plastic surgery on my stomach to fix a botched hysterectomy and I INTERVIEWED a bunch of surgeons and did extensive research and I WOULD NOT ALLOW THE SURGERY TO BE DONE OUTSIDE OF A HOSPITAL..!!!!!
This is the first thing they should have considered on their "RESEARCH"
Also, 1 hour and 45 min to correct a birth defect???? Sounds to me that IMPLANTS was the way they were going!!!
Enough, already of this! THEY MADE A CHOICE now LIVE WITH IT!!
having surgery or anything in a hospital doesnt make it better, A hospital overdosed my father on meds which gave him a stoke and he died. But since he was elderly his life is worth nothing. People should be held accountable and check and recheck what they do to protect the public during medical procedures

Since: Mar 09

Iloilo City, Philippines

#482 Jun 24, 2009
That was a sad story. Plastic surgery involves risk. If there was indeed a mistake in the surgeon's part, then the family should file a lawsuit.

Patients should understand the risks involved with plastic surgery. That is why it is very much recommended that they look for an excellent surgeon to minimize the risk. Consider not only their qualifications and certifications but their experience as well with a particular plastic surgery.

I have some guidelines on how to choose your plastic surgeon at this thread:
http://www.topix.com/forum/med/plastic-surger...
Laura

Sunnyvale, CA

#486 Jan 31, 2012
Such a sad story. Especially since they are now coming out with ways to do breast implants with your own fat without having to go under anesthesia. There is some info on it on this site

www.cosmeticartistrymd.com

I am thinking about having it done.

“Life's A Beach”

Since: Jun 07

Pompano Beach

#487 Jan 31, 2012
She was too young to have to have breast surgery. Her parents have to accept some of the responsibility of agreeing to the surgery while their daughter is still a growing child.

If she wanted the surgery so bad, she should have waited until she was 21 and could decide for herself.

Condolences to the family for indulging their child with unnecessary surgery.

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