Florida woman arrested for injecting patients with dangerous chemicals

December 12, 2011

Florida woman arrested for injecting patients with dangerous chemicals
Florida woman arrested for injecting patients with dangerous chemicals

Police in Florida say they've finally caught up with a woman they've been trying to find for about a year for her role in an illegal plastic surgery operation.

According to ABC News, 30-year-old Oneal Ron Morris, who is transgendered, is accused of injecting at least one woman's back side with a bizarre concoction of injectables not intended for cosmetic use.

The unidentified victim apparently paid $700 for an illegal buttock augmentation procedure that involved injecting her with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant. MSNBC reports that police say that the amateur incision was then sealed with super glue.

The victim suffered serious complications from the injections including severe abdominal pain and infected sores on her buttocks accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Although she did seek medical attention, officials say she was hesitant to reveal specifics about the procedure.

After a lengthy investigation by the Florida Department of Health, officials were able to track down Morris, who was arrested and charged with practicing medicine without a license with serious bodily injury.

"The doctors knew no licensed physician in his right mind would ever do this," Miami Gardens Police Sergeant Bill Bamford told the Washington Post.

Law enforcement is also looking for any other potential victims that may be too scared or ashamed to come forward with their story.

According to ABC News, individuals who offer low-cost, illegal cosmetic surgery procedures to help others enhance their appearance is nothing new.

"We've heard of people having caulk or industrial-grade silicone, neither of which is approved for use anywhere in the body, injected into their buttocks," a North Carolina-based plastic surgeon told ABCNews.com. "There are safe ways to augment the buttocks. Fat grafts usually work extremely well, but obviously you want someone who is board-certified to do that procedure."

A fat grafting procedure involves removing excess fat from another part of the body such as the abdomen or thighs, purifying it and then re-injected into the buttocks. It is crucial that your plastic surgeon is certified, operating out of an accredited facility and has hospital rights in case there are any complications.

Butt implant surgery, also known as buttock augmentation, involves inserting a solid silicone implant into a pocket created at the midline of the buttocks. Like breast augmentation surgery, there are different sizes of buttock implants available, depending on the patient's desired outcome.

Individuals interested in enhancing their appearance through any of these methods should contact a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure they reach their desired outcome as well as their safety. 

The mission of the Aesthetic Society includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Aesthetic Society, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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