Former Ore. doctor pleads no contest in 2010 death

Portland, OR - A former doctor has pleaded no contest in Portland to criminally negligent homicide in the 2010 death of an employee on whom she was preparing to perform a tummy tuck.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Julie Frantz said Thursday that 45-year-old Soraya Abbassian will not serve prison time unless she violates her expected three-year probation. Formal sentencing is set for Oct. 14.

The Oregonian reports that Abbassian has agreed to surrender her medical license.

She had been charged with manslaughter in the death of Judith Ann DesMarets, a nurse who worked at Abbassian's Portland clinic.

Prosecutors said she was preparing to give the woman a free tummy tuck operation. However, the 59-year-old nurse suffered a seizure shortly after getting a local anesthetic. Prosecutors say Abbassian did not have an emergency "crash cart" with equipment to revive the woman. The nurse was taken to a hospital and died four days later.