West May Have Suffered Uncontrolled Bleeding After Surgery, Sources Say

West May Have Suffered Uncontrolled Bleeding After Surgery, Sources Say

Published February 11, 2008

(BlackDoctor.org) – Dr. Donda West, mother of hip-hop mogul Kanye West, died due to complications from surgery Saturday Nov. 10, 2007, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

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West died at the tender age of 58, a representative of her son's record label, Island Def Jam, confirmed, adding that "the family respectfully asks for privacy during this time of grief."

Sources are saying that West received a combination breast reduction and tummy tuck and may have suffered uncontrolled bleeding after going home to recover from the operation.

According to CNN, Cindy Woelfle, with Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center in Marina Del Rey, California, said that paramedics brought Donda West to the emergency room Saturday evening. Attempts were made to revive her, but were unsuccessful. She was pronounced dead before 9 p.m. PST.

Go to the next page to read what one surgeon, who did not operate on West, told her after she asked if she could recover at home after her surgery.

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One plastic surgeon who saw West in June said he recommended she first get a cardiac stress test from an internist, before undergoing the surgery, because of her age. He said she also asked if she could recuperate at home. He said no.

"Donda was pushing me, 'Can I go home after surgery?' But I told her it just doesn't work that way," said Dr. Andre Aboolian of Beverly Hills. "The most dangerous time after surgery is the first 48 hours. I told her you have to go to an overnight care facility with nurses who look after you."

It is said that West made an appointment with her internist for a cardiac stress test, but failed to attend as scheduled.

An autopsy will be performed later this week in an attempt to come to a concrete conclusion as to her cause of death.

According to Lt. Fred Corral, watch commander for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, the office is currently investigating West's death. He added that it is not known whether complications arose during or after surgery.

Dr. Donda West was a major influence on her son's life, as the music producer-singer-songwriter has often said. She regularly attended her son's concerts, and was at his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in September.

Earlier this year, she released a book she co-authored called "Raising Kanye: Life Lessons From the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar."

West retired from her position as professor and chair of the English Department at Chicago State University in 2004 to become her son's manager, according to the Kanye West Foundation Web site. She also became CEO of Super Good, the parent company of Kanye West Enterprises.

Written by BET-Staff


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