Mother of Five Dies After Brazilian Butt Lift Goes Wrong

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Vanity can be deadly. More specific, a Brazilian butt lift procedure performed last July at Miami's Vanity Cosmetic Center proved to be deadly.

An autopsy report concludes that Maribel Cardona, a 51-year-old mother of five and Walmart cashier from Naples, died from complications from the increasingly popular surgery.

Cardona had saved and put down the $4,000 deposit for the surgery. She had heard from a friend that the center offered the procedure at an affordable price. According to the Miami Herald, one of her sons had talked her out of undergoing the cosmetic surgery after explaining the risks, but when Cardona found out her hefty deposit was not refundable, she decided to go through with it anyway.

Her surgeon was Dr. Anthony Hasan. He's not a licensed cosmetic surgery specialist but a dermatologist. However, under Florida law, any licensed doctor can perform plastic surgery. He claims he's been performing surgeries since 1999 with no prior incidents.

Five minutes after the procedure was completed, Cardona's oxygen level and blood pressure plummeted. She didn't respond to medication and was rushed to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where she later died.

An autopsy report lists the cause of death as a lung embolism.

A Brazilian butt lift involves taking fat from one part of the body and injecting it into the buttocks. However, surgeons risk injecting the fat too far into the buttocks, and the fatty tissue can enter the blood stream and cause complications, such as Cardona's lung embolism.

Hasan had previously settled a malpractice lawsuit out of court. In that same month of July, he had pleaded guilty to distributing Viagra with false labels and was placed on medical probation.

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24 comments
Renee Taylor
Renee Taylor

That sucks.....Miami mentality, very unfortunate!

Jorge Binx Fernandez
Jorge Binx Fernandez

When you focus and you see the world up close, you realize what a tragedy it is. Then look at it from afar and it's a funny comedy. This story is somewhat in the middle

verdisvioletta
verdisvioletta

Is it even legal to take a deposit for a surgery and make it "non refundable?" This doesn't sound right. 

Jay Morgan
Jay Morgan

yeah I feel bad but on the other hand if you jad to struggle to save 4k. should have used it on the kids and not butt lift

Isabella Cattani
Isabella Cattani

1. He wasn't licensed 2. Look at the place, I wouldn't get my butt done there lol 3. He already had a court thing goin on Walter Mendonca

Randy Pardo
Randy Pardo

This woman worrying about her body and gives a $4k deposit with 5 kids. Her priorities were upside down. All these women now a days wanting plastic surgery. I can understand if its due to a facial scar, or something requiring it, but just to show off your body and feel better about yourself? De madre.

Liset Wilson
Liset Wilson

OMG Cameron do you even have boos in your veins? May God keep me and my family as far from you as possible!!

Cameron Douglas
Cameron Douglas

Walmart cashier with 5 kids... and she drops $4k on plastic surgery on her ass at 51 years old? The doctor shouldn't have even taken her money in the first place. Everyone got what they deserved... including the kids who will get a nice settlement which is probably more than what their useless mother ever provided for them. Fuckin a

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