Lap-Band patient death investigated by LAPD

LOS ANGELES

Paula Rojeski, 55, died Sept. 8 after having surgery at the Valley Surgical Center in West Hills, a clinic associated with the recently discontinued 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign. Autopsy results have not been released.

The /*Los Angeles Police Department*/ confirmed to Eyewitness News that their robbery-homicide division is handling the investigation into Rojeski's death.

Rojeski is one of five patients who died after surgery at 1-800-GET-THIN clinics. In a lawsuit, two former workers at the surgery center say Rojeski died because of a series of medical errors, including the anesthesiologist's alleged failure to turn on the oxygen tank before surgery.

In December, the /*Food and Drug Administration*/ warned the clinics that their advertisements were misleading because they did not adequately disclose the risks of /*Lap-Band surgery*/.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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