Another unfortunate death in the chase to get a bigger b*tt. A 51-year-old mother-of-five from Florida died when her Brazilian buttocks lift surgery went wrong having only gone through with the operation because a down-payment of $4,000 was non-refundable.
Naples resident Maribel Cardona, died shortly after augmentation surgery performed at Vanity Cosmetic Center in Miami in July, according to the results of an autopsy published on Monday.
Tragically, Cardona tried to cancel the procedure because of the risks involved but suffered cardiac arrest following a pulmonary embolism which developed shortly after her plastic surgery.
Cosmetic: This Vanity Cosmetic Center in Miami – where 51-year-old Maribel Cardona died in July after complications arose following her Brazilian buttocks surgery
Brazilian buttock implants involve transfer of fat from one part of the body to another and embolisms are a risk when the tube used to boost the posterior pierces blood vessels, inserting fat particles into the bloodstream.
Doctor Anthony Hasan performed the surgery – he is a qualified dermatologist – although in Florida any registered medical professional can perform cosmetic surgery
Cardona’s neighbor, Amy Spinelli, said that the mother learned of the clinic through a friend and wanted to go there because it was inexpensive.
However, Spinelli said that Cardona’s son was set-against the surgery and managed to persuade her to cancel it.
But according to Cardona’s son, the clinic said that the down payment of $4,000 for the surgery was not going to be returned to the Walmart cashier – so she went ahead with the surgery.
The operation was performed by Anthony Hasan, who told the Miami Herald that approximately five minutes after the operation in July, he was told by the anesthesiologist that Cardona was conscious but her oxygen and blood pressure was too low.
She did not respond to the treatment she was given for this and was taken to Kendal Regional Medical Center, where she passed away from a lung embolism, or blockage, caused by fatty tissue.
Onelio Garcia, a professor at the University of Miami, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery with 30-years experience, said that this should not have happened.
Indeed, while Hasan is not certified as a plastic surgeon and is actually a dermatologist – in Florida it is legal for any doctor, regardless of their speciality to perform cosmetic surgery.