It seems common sense is dead -- and there's no way to revive it. I think a general rule to live by when it comes to your health is: If a supposed medical professional wants to meet you in a hotel room to perform a procedure -- it's probably not a good sign.
Claudia Adusei, a 20-year-old student from London, died in Philadelphia on Tuesday after receiving a silicone injection in her buttocks, according to myfoxphilly.com.
Adusei and three friends had traveled to Philadephia specifically so Adusei could have her buttocks enhanced for a second time. She had already had the procedure performed on her once last November.
According to reports, two women came to the hotel room Adusei and her friends were staying in at the Hampton Inn, near Philadelphia International Airport, and administered the injections.
Twelve hours after the procedure, Adusei began complaining of chest pains and was rushed to the hospital where she later died.
A preliminary medical examination indicated that silicone from the injection had entered Adusei's vascular system and ultimately stopped her heart.
Although the Food and Drug Administration has approved silicone for cosmetic use, injecting liquid silicone for cosmetic purposes is prohibited. Police are now searching for the women who administered the injections to determine whether they were licensed or not.
Look, I know that there are people out there that have a very unique way of convincing others to be part of something that sounds too good to be true, but when you gamble with your health, it's a different story.
Even in the most capable hands, any simple procedure carries risk for complications. So, imagine taking the advice of a total stranger with no credibility, and getting a treatment that you don't know anything about. It's a recipe for disaster.
Black market health care has been around for years. It's primarily run by former physicians, dentists and nurses that sometimes - even though they were properly trained in their respective countries - come to America and are not able to revalidate their licenses.
During harsh economic times, many individuals seek out the services these people provide in an effort to save a few dollars, particularly when they are not eligible for insurance coverage.
However, the risk Adusei was willing to take in Philadelphia is almost beyond comprehension for me.
The bottom line is: Nothing in this world is more valuable than your health.
So I'll say it for the last time, don't go into a hotel room and get an injection from a stranger. It's that simple.
Dr. Manny Alvarez is a Cuban-American OB-GYN who serves as a senior medical contributor for the Fox News Channel and senior managing health editor of FOXNews.com. To read more from Dr. Manny, click here.
Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's senior managing health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. For more information on Dr. Manny's work, visit AskDrManny.com.