Effective this month, patients seeking cosmetic surgery in California will have to undergo a physical exam thanks to a new law named for Kanye West's late-mother, who died a day after receiving cosmetic procedures, according to news reports.
The Donda West Law also requires written clearance from a doctor within 30 days before a patient receives elective cosmetic surgery, according to a CNN news report. West, 58, who received cosmetic procedures on her breasts and abdomen in Los Angeles, Calif., died on Nov. 10, 2007. The Los Angeles County autopsy report attributed her death to "coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors,'' not to surgical error, which was widely believed at the time.
But many surgeons interviewed by CNN about the new regulation expressed concern about its feasablity because much of what it calls for already is common practice among reputable surgeons. Most significant, a violation of the measure would not constitute a crime, major concern if a misstep leads to death.
It is not known whether West underwent specialized tests prior to her surgery, CNN writes, citing the autopsy report. But Dr. Jan Adams, the Beverly Hills plastic surgeon who operated on West, said she underwent several physicals and histories, though a family member disputes his claim.