Saturday 16 December 2017

Liposuction dad had fatal heart attack after cocaine use

Pierre Christian Lawlor
Pierre Christian Lawlor

Gareth Naughton

A DUBLIN man who died during plastic surgery at a clinic in Colombia most probably had a heart attack due to cocaine use, an inquest heard.

Pierre Christian Lawlor (34), from Belarmine Place in Stepaside, Co Dublin, died from a heart attack on the operating table in Bogota on September 3, 2007, after undergoing a six-hour surgery including liposuction and multiple procedures on his face.

His widow Andrea Galeano told the court that the couple's then newborn son Zachary is now six-and-a-half-years old and asks after his father.

Mr Lawlor travelled to Colombia in August 2007.

Ms Galeano said she did not want him to have the surgery but assisted him in dealing with his plastic surgeon Dr Ricardo Lancheros. The operation was scheduled for four days after the initial consultation. The court heard that he took cocaine the day before his operation despite warnings to avoid alcohol and medication.

Consultant anaesthetist Dr Bernard Norman reviewed the medical notes and found that Mr Lawlor survived six hours of surgery before the first indication that something was wrong.

Blood tests showed he had significantly elevated potassium levels which likely triggered the heart attack, he said.

This was most probably due to Mr Lawlor's cocaine use, according to Dr Norman.

The inquest was marked by acrimony between Mr Lawlor's widow and family, who questioned the validity of the couple's marriage.

An Irish marriage certificate was produced in court.

The coroner said that looking at pictures of Mr Lawlor it was difficult to understand why he wanted the operation.

"He was a handsome young man," said Dr Brian Farrell.

He returned a narrative verdict outlining the facts.

Irish Independent

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