Dr. Windell Boutte AKA The Dancing Doctor who filmed and posted to YouTube numerous videos singing and dancing while performing surgeries in her Lilburn, Georgia office, is coming under fire as numerous malpractice lawsuits are filed.
Dr. Boutte, describes herself as board certified in both surgery and dermatology but it turns out that is only half true. The doctor is a board-certified dermatologist, but she is not a board-certified plastic surgeon or general surgeon. Other claims against Boutte range from not having proper staff, to working in an environment that is not an accredited operating room or licensed surgery center.
There have been at least seven lawsuits filed, including one by the family of a 53 year old woman who went into cardiac arrest while being operated on by Boutte. At the time, her office lacked crucial respiration equipment. When the ambulance arrived it took Boutte an additional 30 minutes to sew closed the woman's tummy tuck opening and the paramedics had to carry the woman down a flight of stairs because the elevators were too small for a stretcher.
The woman suffered permanent brain damage and will need care for the rest of her life.
People have also been critical of Boutte decision to post the singing and dancing video's without the consent of patients. Often patients backsides and exposed flesh can be seen while the doctor performs for the camera with a group of dancer/assistants in the background.
It doesn't appear any of the lawsuits are directly related to the singing and dancing.
You can see a compilation of the dancing videos below.
SHOCKING VIDEO: More than 20 videos that were posted on YouTube show a doctor singing and dancing over unconscious patients in the operating room. She even cuts some for the camera! The malpractice suits she's facing, Monday at 5 p.m. https://t.co/Sf4gwx8Tl1 pic.twitter.com/2hNCcUpfZ0— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 19, 2018
Although the lawsuits aren't a direct result of the dancing, people still had some thoughts about it.
Wth was she thinking?! Surgery is too serious an undertaking for the team to be performing for videos during the process. This is crazy!— Mary Lawrence (@GotThatWrite) May 25, 2018
One Twitter user reiterated the importance of researching any doctor you visit.
“Davis-Boutte is a board-certified dermatologist, and not a board-certified plastic surgeon or general surgeon and her office is not an accredited operating room or licensed surgery center. She has settled 5 malpractice suits in the last 6 months.” https://t.co/08XBBByjRi— Stacey E. Singleton (@staceyNYCDC) May 23, 2018
People are out here letting just anybody put them under anesthesia and perform plastic surgery on them for the low low with frequent and unsurprisingly horrible results. 😩— Stacey E. Singleton (@staceyNYCDC) May 23, 2018
Plastic surgery is high level medical science (plastic surgery is a six year residency which means six years of additional schooling & training after you graduate from med school!) and an art. Do not short yourself on either of those qualifications. Woo.— Stacey E. Singleton (@staceyNYCDC) May 23, 2018
Some felt the doctor should be jailed.
She should have been brought up on charges and sent to prison. Danger to society.— Nikki Kaine (@kaine_nikki) May 23, 2018
According to her website, Dr. Boutte is "Atlanta’s most experienced cosmetic surgeon." We're not so sure about that.