A plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills has died from COVID-19 … and it appears to be entirely because he was able to keep working on patients during a pandemic.
Dr. Payman Simoni — who’s been featured on “The Doctors” show — passed away while hospitalized in L.A. — this after he contracted the virus while performing a cosmetic procedure on a patient who turned out to be COVID positive … so say family sources.
We’re told Dr. Simoni was doing a lip injection on a woman last month … obviously an elective procedure. She was temperature checked and filled out a COVID questionnaire. She was not tested.
While the doc was hovering over the maskless woman, our sources say she coughed in his face. He had his mask on, but still … she sprayed on him. She contacted the office a few days later to inform them she had tested positive for COVID.
Dr. Simoni then went into quarantine and began experiencing symptoms — shortness of breath, etc — and in short order, he was on a ventilator at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We’re told Dr. Simoni was eventually placed in a medically induced coma as his lungs started failing. He died Friday from a brain hemorrhage.
It’s a cautionary tale … one that might’ve been avoided if the City of Beverly Hills hadn’t passed a resolution allowing cosmetic surgery offices to remain open while cases continue to surge. Some docs have opted to hold off — others obviously haven’t.
Simoni was 50.