Victims of fake plastic surgeon continue to emerge
January 27, 2012
Officials in Florida say as many as 30 people have come forward alleging that they are victims of an unlicensed woman who performed various plastic surgeries on them.
In addition, the Miami Herald reports that Oneal Ron Morris, the transgendered woman who is being charged in the cases, may have performed these fake plastic surgeries throughout the country.
Morris, who is known as "The Duchess," is accused of injecting patients with potentially deadly concoctions consisting of items including cement and tire sealant in an effort to transform their bodies.
So far, Morris and an accomplice, Corey Eubanks, face charges in two cases.
The original victim in the case, who has not been identified by police, went to an emergency room more than a year ago after suffering from complications caused by injections she received to enhance her buttocks including severe abdominal pain, infected sores and flu-like symptoms. Although she initially didn't tell authorities what happened, they investigated and discovered that she underwent an illegal buttock augmentation procedure that involved injecting her with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant. MSNBC reports that police say the amateur incision was then sealed with super glue.
The second victim, 48-year-old Rajee Narinesingh, underwent several procedures at Morris' hands beginning in 2005.
Narinesingh, who is also transgendered, had injections in her face, breasts, buttocks and hips in order to achieve a more feminine appearance, according to the Miami Herald. She said that she couldn't afford to have the procedures done by a legitimate plastic surgeon and believed that she was being injected with silicone, a substance that is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as an injectable.
"It becomes so dire that you want to match your outside with your inside that you're willing to roll the dice and take your chances," Narinesingh told CBS Miami. "As a transgender person, you're thinking, 'Oh, my God, I can start to look like I want to look like and I don't have to spend a lot of money.'"
Narinesingh says she has come forward in hopes of encouraging others to do the same. She also says that she suffered painful reactions to the procedures done by Morris, including the development of lumpy cheeks, a deformed chin and a bloated upper lip.
She has since undergone a four-hour surgery by a licensed plastic surgeon to remove the cement from her face.
"The doctor pulled pieces of cement out of the side of my face," she told the Miami Herald.
Many of the new alleged victims have suffered similar side effects, but no fatalities have been reported.
Experts say those considering a cosmetic procedure should enlist the services of a licensed and board-certified physician to ensure their safety and desired outcome.
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