A source close to Tameka Foster-Raymond reached out to Sandrarose.com yesterday to dispute widespread rumors about Tameka's condition following a botched plastic surgery in Brazil.
As you know, this story came to light on Saturday (2/7) when Usher abruptly canceled his appearance at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party to rush to his wife's bedside at a hospital in Brazil following "complications" from plastic surgery.
According to my source, Tameka is not brain dead or brain damaged as is being widely reported on certain blogs. She also did not sustain damage to her face or body during the procedure.
The source said Brazilian doctors performing a "cosmetic procedure" on Tameka had "difficulty waking her up" from the anesthesia following the surgery. She was transported to Sirio-Libanes Hospital in Sao Paulo where there was no neuro specialist on staff.
Cedars Sinai neurosurgeon Dr. Gabriel E. Hunt was flown into Brazil by Usher to consult with Brazilian doctors on his wife's case, which is said to be serious. The source told us that at no time was Tameka deprived of oxygen during the procedure.
There is also no truth to the rumors that Dr. Hunt was flown in to determine the extent of brain damage. "This rumor is false. She's fine." said my source, who refused to say if Tameka was awake and communicating.
She also refused to confirm reports out of Brazil that Tameka suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest during a liposuction procedure.
Usher's publicist, Simone Smalls, released a statement yesterday saying Tameka's condition was "stable" and "the family requests privacy at this difficult time."
It isn't unusual for a patient to react adversely to anesthesia. But as long as the patient isn't deprived of oxygen, and she has access to top quality intensive care, she can make a full recovery.
Many celebs and adult entertainers make the trip to Brazil where expert plastic surgeons perform cosmetic surgery at economical prices.