Blaming the Victim - Page 2
More likely, the surgeon quickly goes over the additional risk and says, “The whole deal costs $9,500 and you’ll be home the same day.” If the surgeon actually gave patients a choice, those who didn't just bolt out of the consultation room would probably focus on $9,500 or $27,500 and make their decision accordingly.
But blaming Maritess for wanting to improve her appearance is no different than blaming any victim; besides, I doubt she understood the risk. It's like blaming the storekeeper for getting shot when he attempted to disarm a robber instead of handing over the cash.
The storekeeper had a right to defend his property just like Maritess had a right to make perceived improvements to her own body. Like every patient, she had a right to expect that her doctor would not take unnecessary risks without explaining them to her and obtaining her consent.
In my humble opinion, the doctor should have simply offered her one procedure and told her he had to see her heal up from the first one before doing another. In retrospect, I'm sure he wishes he had been firm and told her to go to another surgeon if she wanted to take excessive risks.