Cheerleader Stephanie Kuleba Dies From Breast Surgery Complications

March 25, 2008

I found this incredibly sad story on Drudge Report of 18-year-old Stephanie Kuleba, a West Boca High School cheerleader who died Friday from complications of breast surgery.

Stephanie Kuleba went into a doctor’s office Friday to undergo routine breast surgery to correct asymmetrical breasts and inverted n*pples and ended up being rushed to Delray Medical Center where she later died.

Stephanie had a condition called Malignant Hyperthermia, which is what is being speculated as the cause of her death. Anesthesia triggers the condition and rapid heart rate, muscles that become rigid, and a fever of 110 or higher are some of the symptoms. It is something that can be reversed if it is found early enough, usually within 30 minutes of onset, with the administration of Dantrolene, which is the only known antidote. It is unknown if the office of Dr. Steven Schuster, who is a Board Certified plastic surgeon and performed the surgery on Stephanie, had the Dantrolene in his office. The cost for a dosage of Dantrolene is $2,200 for 36 vials.

Malignant Hyperthermia is a disorder that is inherited and normally a person does not know they have it until they undergo anesthesia. Unfortunately, there really is no way to test a person to see if they have the condition either.

The popular teen had her life cut way too short and had so much to look forward to – her senior prom and attending the University of Florida in the fall. Her funeral is Wednesday at St. Jude Catholic Church in Boca Raton, Florida.

See more beautiful photos of Stephanie Kuleba below.

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