The state of California has a new law in place to check un-authorized cosmetic surgeries and prohibits cosmetic surgery on patients without a written clearance from a licensed physician and surgeon. In a surprise move, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger went back on his earlier stand and signed the Donda West Law, named after the mother of rap artist Kanye West, who died from complications after she underwent cosmetic surgery without first checking out whether surgery was compatible with her coronary-artery disease.
Highlights of the newly signed law
a. This law makes it mandatory for patients to get health checks before undergoing cosmetic surgery.
b. This bill AB 1116 was written in 2007 in response to the death of Kanye West's mother, Schwarzenegger had initially vetoed the first pass of the bill in February 2008.
c. It was resubmitted in February 2008.
d. Donda, 58, died of complications related to cosmetic surgery.
e. It is believed that a pre-op physical exam would have uncovered coronary artery disease.
f. This coronary disease and postoperative factors are believed to have contributed to her death.
g. Dr. West's niece, Yolanda Anderson, was one of the primary movers behind the bill, which also requires a mandatory written clearance before surgery.