In a person’s quest to achieve a better physical appearance, some can go to extremes. A licensed doctor will typically be able to fairly assess the efficacy and safety of a requested procedure before proceeding, but when a doctor is not actually a doctor their actions can be dangerous and sometimes deadly. The victims of this medical malpractice may never know what went wrong.
Recently, it was discovered that a Miami-Dade woman has been posing as a doctor and injecting women with toxic materials in order to enhance some of their physical attributes. The woman and her partner have each been charged with practicing medicine without a license. They have both pleaded not guilty.
This particular scheme dates back to 2010. Women who wanted cosmetic enhancements paid the accused women either $700 or $900 and would receive a series of six injections. It is reported that the injections contained concrete, glue and a toxic chemical used to seal car tires.
The victims of this horrible negligence stated that the tools used in the procedure consisted of little more than a rubber tube and cooler. After receiving a series of intensely painful injections, they were told to go home and recover. Almost immediately, they became ill with flu-like symptoms and were admitted to the hospital.
One of the victims had to have cysts and lymph nodes surgically removed and underwent months of recovery as a result of the procedure. So far, none of the victims of these “doctors” have suffered fatal consequences, but other women who were injected with similar materials in an irresponsible manner have died as a result.
The woman who performed the procedures reassured her patients that she was a medical professional and she knew what she was doing. Not only does she not have her medical license, but the woman has a long criminal record including theft and using fake identification.
The shocking disregard for safety and health in this case may be devastating to the victims. While the recovery process may be very difficult, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be able to help the victims recoup the money they have lost as a result of medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Two accused in ‘toxic tush’ case plead not guilty,” Dec. 20, 2011