(MIAMI, Fla.) — The jury hearing testimony in the murder trial of Adam Kaufman, the Florida real estate developer accused of strangling his wife to death in 2007, learned from a doctor who performed the woman’s breast augmentation months before her death that she had cited no potential medical problems, including the congestive heart failure the defense claims killed her.
Eleonora “Lina” Kaufman was found on the bathroom floor of her and her husband’s south Florida home in the early morning of Nov. 7, 2007. The prosecution alleges that the frantic 911 call placed by Adam happened moments after he strangled his wife to death. His defense attorneys say that Eleonora’s death was not murder, but a medical condition that suddenly turned deadly.
“Eleonora Kaufman did not suffer from congestive heart failure,” Dr. Tracey Baker, the plastic surgeon who performed breast augmentation on her, went on the record saying in court Tuesday.
Baker also said that he and his nurses and anestheologist did not find any cardiovascular problems while examining the 33-year-old mother of two. When asked about at any point before during or after the surgery whether there was anything unusual about the functioning of Eleonora’s heart, he testified, “she was normal.”
But when Adam Kaufman’s defense attorney, Albert Milian, cross-examined Baker, he asked whether it was possible that patients lie about their past medical conditions on paperwork at plastic surgeon offices in order to get the surgery. The doctor said that it could be possible.
Prosecutor Joe Mansfield went on to point out a long list of injuries on Eleonora’s body when she was found, which included injuries on the upper-back muscles, abrasions on and below her chin, neck, left shoulder and chest, and hemorrhages in several strap muscles in the interior of her neck.
Mansfield asked Dr. Chester Gwen, the former Miami-Dade County associate medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Eleonora Kaufman, whether such deep injuries would be anywhere near where intubation performed by medical technicians who arrived on the scene would be preformed. Gwen testified that no, the injuries would not be related.
Defense attorneys argue that many of the injuries found on Eleonora’s body were the result of her hitting her neck on a magazine rack as she fell to the bathroom floor after suffering a heart attack.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire