An ophthalmologist was named in a malpractice lawsuit after one of his patients passed away from a blepharoplasty procedure to correct a deformity in her right eyelid. The patient had a past medical history of hypercoagulability; she was an amputee above the knee from clotting and was on Coumadin, a widely used blood thinner. The ophthalmologist was allegedly advised that the patient was a high risk for blood clots, but proceeded with the procedure even after the patient allegedly informed him that she had not been able to receive bridge therapy prior to the operation. Two days after the operation, the patient began to experience severe stomach pain that was diagnosed to be a clot in her mesenteric artery that was causing gangrene in her bowel. She passed away not long after.