All women want to be beautiful, but some push a little too hard and find out that the price for beauty is quite high indeed. This is exactly what happened to Claudia Adermotimi. She made the long, trans-Atlantic journey from England to California because she hoped to get a popular form of plastic surgery that would make her buttocks fuller than the what nature had given to her. Unlike some women who go to a reputable plastic surgery clinic to have the procedure done, Adermontimi decided to meet up with her “surgical team” in a California hotel. She hoped that by engaging in some black market cosmetic surgery, she’d save a large amount of money.
The surgery took place at the Hampton Inn that’s located quite close to the airport, making it the perfect stopping point for both business professionals and individuals who can’t wait to have their plastic surgery completed. Arrangements were made for both Adermontimi and a close personal friend of hers who also wanted the same procedure done to meet in room 425.
Although no one knows exactly when the surgery was performed on the two women, investigators report that within 12 hours of the time that the room was originally booked, Adermontimi began to complain about chest pain. The pain grew so intense that the hotel sent of a medic, who promptly made arrangements for her to be taken to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Adermontimi was admitted into the hospital on Monday. She died sometime early Tuesday morning.
California investigators wasted no time launching an investigation. They discovered that the unqualified plastic surgeons charged Adermontimi and her friend about $2,000. Police also believe that the woman who “performed the surgery” used silicone that she injected into both women’s buttocks. What investigators don’t understand why Adermontimi succumbed to death, while her friend appears to be the very picture of good health.
Adermontimi’s story is not a new one. The combination of people’s desire to look a certain way, combined with the high cost of legal plastic surgery, makes it easy for scam artists to attract people to their black market services. Many of these unlicensed, untrained individuals who are offering their services to desperate clients use silicone to achieve the desired look. What they don’t realize is just how dangerous the substance is. If the silicone enters the bloodstream and reaches the hear or lungs, the results are often deadly. According to information compiled by the US Food and Drug Admiration, black market silicone injections lead to a wide assortment of health problems that include fatal blood embolisms, auto-immune dysfunctions, kidney problems, and disfigurement.
Authorities are cracking down on those that provide illicit plastic surgeries such as the one that attracted Adermontimi to the California hotel. A professional model was arrested in New Jersey when authorities discovered she was charging for silicone injections which sent at least 6 of her “clients” to the emergency room to receive treatments for severe infections.
“If you have been the victim of a black market and highly illegal plastic surgery scam that has compromised your health, you can press criminal charges against the person who conducted the surgery. You’re also entitled to pursue a civil personal injury case which could result in a settlement that can be used to restore your financial health,” said Drew Warren, a leading medical malpractice lawyer in California.