Published June 14, 2013
Miami police are searching for a Venezuelan doctor who performed butt surgery on a 28-year-old woman – which allegedly led to her death.
Suyima Torres was going into surgery for her second round of treatment for gluteus augmentation on April 11 at the Cuerpos Health and Aesthetic Clinic, located on the second floor of a shopping center, the Miami Herald reported. A friend had recommend the clinic to her.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the clinic is only authorized to operate as a massage salon, but the center’s Facebook page claims they employ certified plastic surgeons.
Torres received her first treatment at the clinic on April 1, paying the doctor $1,500 in cash. According to her parents, the doctor initially told her she would have to wait a month for the next treatment, but that day he said her inflammation was gone – and Torres could return the next week.
Paying $800 in cash for the second treatment, Torres returned alone to the clinic on April 11 at 9 a.m. After the treatment was over, she complained that she felt dizzy, according to Ruth Planas, the clinic’s owner. Planas called an ambulance, which transported Torres to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables.
Torres was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. of a lung embolism, the Miami Herald said.
Authorities said they are investigating the death as a homicide in relation to Torres’ surgery. The identity of the alleged doctor has not been revealed.