More victims identified in Florida plastic surgery case
December 21, 2011
Officials in Florida say more victims are coming forward claiming that they underwent cosmetic surgeries by the woman accused of injecting dangerous chemicals not approved for cosmetic procedures into one woman's buttocks.
RadarOnline.com reports that another woman from Florida says 30-year-old Oneal Ron Morris, who is transgendered, injected cement and tire sealant into her face.
Rajee Narinesingh, who is 48-years-old and also transgendered, wanted to improve her appearance but couldn't afford a procedure done by a licensed plastic surgeon. She said she thought 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.'"
Following the procedure, Narinesingh said she developed lumpy cheeks, a deformed chin and a bloated upper lip.
The original victim in the case, who was not identified by police, went to an emergency room after suffering from complications caused by injections she got 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.
After a year-long investigation, police arrested Morris and charged her with practicing medicine without a license and causing serious bodily injury - charges she recently denied in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
"They didn't catch me doing anything," Morris told Entertainment Tonight. "So they are just allegations. So I'm innocent. I really am innocent or whatever. It sounds bizarre, but how could America feel like a person would even put cement in somebody's bottom, you know it's just these allegations, I didn't do any of these things to these people, just know these people who are lying are ruining my life, that's all I have to say."
Police say other victims have also stepped forward and that Morris had an accomplice. Corey Alexander Eubank, who's 40-years-old, has also been charged with practicing medicine without a license.
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