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Office Worker Christine Patterson Performed Surgery on Patient in Brother's Office

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A woman who worked at a cosmetic surgery office is accused of performing a surgical procedure on a patient's face without a medical license.

Christine Patterson, 44, was an office manager at her brother Dr. Alberico Sessa's cosmetic surgery office in Sarasota, Fla. She is being charged with practicing medicine without a license after she performed a postoperative procedure on a patient.

In April 2011, a patient went to Sarasota Surgical Arts to see Dr. Alberico Sessa for a follow-up visit after they had a mini-facelift. Patterson examined the victim, re-wrapped the bandages and sent the patient home.

But the next day, the patient returned with major swelling, looking like a "pumpkin."

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Patterson tried to get in contact with Sessa, as he was out of town, but decided to remove the excess fluid on her own.

"She diagnosed and treated a person who needed medical services, and she has no medical qualifications," Wendy Rose of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said.

Patterson told one witness that she had seen the procedure done "plenty of times" but had no medical training and was only employed as an office manager and medical biller. 

The victim said the pain was excruciating.

Patterson has since been released on bail and is banned from having contact with any of the doctor's patients.

Sources: Herald Tribune, Daily Mail