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Did strip-mall boob job kill this woman?

A recent patient death  is raising new questions about the safety of so-called medical spas.

As her 40th birthday approached, Adriana Da Silva Toledo decided to give herself a little lift — literally and figuratively.

So, according to her family, she went to Destination Beauty MedSpa, in Framingham, Massachusetts, for a breast augmentation. She went to her parents’ home to recover, sleeping much of that day. But she still felt tired and light-headed the next day. That day she slipped and fell in the bathroom, cracking her head on the floor. She died a few hours later.

While no cause of death has yet been determined, Da Silva Toledo’s family has retained a lawyer to investigate the death. And the state’s Board of Registration in Medicine wouldn’t confirm or deny that it’s investigating the incident.

After a prior patient death at a medical spa, the state formed a task force to look into how well-regulated the spas were.

For its part, Destination Beauty MedSpa wouldn’t say if Da Silva Toledo was a patient there, citing patient privacy laws. But through a spokesperson, the owner, Dr. Sanjeev Sharma said he was “extremely saddened” to learn of her death.

Dr. Sharma is fully licensed to practice medicine, including surgery, and hasn’t been disciplined within the past 10 years, according to the Board of Registration in Medicine. But he also does not appear to have a certified specialty in plastic surgery.

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