Ushers wife, Tameka Raymond, suffers heart attack during liposuction
Usher’s wife was left in a medically-induced coma after suffering a heart attack during plastic surgery.
The singer’s partner, Tameka Raymond, 38, headed to Brazil for liposuction on her stomach two months after giving birth to their second son.
Ellen Dasptry, a rep for Sao Paolo plastic surgeon Dr. Silvio Sterman, who was booked to perform the operation, said: ‘Tameka Raymond came here on Friday to do a liposuction. Shortly after she went under [general] anesthesia, she suffered a cardiac arrest.’
Raymond ultimately never had the procedure, and was placed in an induced coma.
‘When an attack like this happens, the doctors put the patient to sleep… and make sure that everything is okay and that there has not been any damage,’ explains Dasptry. ‘This is the protocol every time and this is what was done.’
On Saturday, Usher cancelled a performance at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala to fly to Brazil to be at his wife’s side.
Usher’s rep Simone Smalls issued a statement on the star’s behalf: ‘Tameka Raymond is in stable condition after suffering complications from routine surgery in Brazil.
‘Her husband Usher is with her at the hospital. No further details will be released, and the family requests privacy at this difficult time.’
Some surgeons have suggested Tameka opted to have the procedure too soon after giving birth.
According to New York City cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist Neil Sadick: ‘The general feeling is no abdominal surgery should be performed within eight weeks because of the distension and inflammation of the abdomen/uterus due to pregnancy.
‘[Women] should wait at least three months postpartum before undergoing any type of procedures to the abdomen.’