The death of rap superstar Kanye Wests mother has prompted the approval of a new bill requiring hospital patients to take a physical exam, before having elective cosmetic surgery.
The LA Times reports the California Senate passed the requirement on Wednesday (August 13) with a vote of 37 to 1.
According to Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles), the measure, known as AB 2968, was in response to Donda Wests passing.
The former educator/author died last year from complications related to cosmetic surgery.
Earlier this year, Donda Wests niece, Yolanda Anderson, and California state Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto) introduced AB 2968 into the states legislature.
For Ridley-Thomas, the tragedy comes as a wake-up call for patients and their families to take steps to ensure a safe medical experience.
“Many of us are concerned about the quality of care extended to those who receive elective surgery,” the senator told the Times.
Donda Wests family believes that coronary artery disease would have been discovered with a physical exam.
A coroners report found that heart disease and clogged arteries also played a role in the scholars death.
Since Wests death, lawmakers and physicians around the country have lobbied for more restrictions for patients undergoing cosmetic surgery.