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Cosmetic surgeon's license suspended after 2 patients die

VISALIA, Calif. -- A California surgeon's medical license has been suspended after two women died when they underwent cosmetic surgery procedures

The Fresno Bee reports Dr. Robert Alan Yoho won't be allowed to practice medicine for 30 days and will then be on five years of probation. He will also be required to undergo an additional 40 hours of education and training each of those years, and must enroll in a program to reassess his competency to practice medicine, according to a copy of the agreement posted by the newspaper. 

The suspension came after the state medical board reviewed four cases involving Yoho between 2013 and 2015, including two deaths.

The board's ruling says one of the patients experienced respiratory arrest after waking up from breast augmentation surgery in 2013 and died after being taken to a hospital. It says another patient's 2013 death was "likely due to 'trauma' caused by the surgical procedure."

Yoho's attorney, Albert Garcia, said that the women died from fat embolisms but that he decided to settle with the medical board.

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