A Florida woman nearly died after an unlicensed "doctor" pumped her buttocks full of toxic materials one would commonly find in a garage. Oneal Morris claimed to be a doctor and injected her patient’s butt with cement, mineral oil and tire sealant in what was supposed to be a buttocks enhancement surgery. The injection site was even sealed with Super Glue.
The Miami Herald reports that investigators suspect the self-proclaimed doctor is "part of an underground network of scam artists who have been offering ‘pumping parties’ and home buttocks augmentations across South Florida."
Morris charged $700 US for the procedure, which allegedly took place in a residential Miami Gardens home using tools such as rubber tubing. (Screams safe and legitimate, doesn’t it?)
The patient, whose name has not been released, eventually went to the hospital for pneumonia-like symptoms after the toxic materials spread through her body. She’s now recovering but this type of illegal surgical procedure is not a new trend, and others have not been so lucky. In February, we blogged about 20-year-old Claudia Seye Aderotimi, who died of a heart attack following a buttocks enhancement procedure after silicone (injected into her buttocks in a Philadelphia hotel room) entered her circulatory system.
Which raises the issue of how important it is to find a trusted and qualified doctor when opting for cosmetic surgery’or any medical treatment for that matter. Yes, cosmetic procedures are costly, but I hardly think this is an area where you want to cut corners (and risk your health) in order to save money.
Why are we so intent on altering our bodies that we would risk our lives to do so?