The tragic case of 32-year-old model Elena Carolina Sada Sandoval has opened Pandora’s Box. Sandoval died last week just hours after undergoing liposuction and a nose job at the Obispado Specialist Medical Center. Since news of her death became viral on social media, more women have stepped forward exposing their cosmetic procedure nightmares. One of whom include Nyosha Fowler.
Fowler hated her derrière so much she finally decided to treat herself to a Brazilian butt lift. The procedure, however, didn’t go quite as planned and instead of getting the body of her dreams, Fowler narrowly escaped the grips of the grim reaper.
Speaking out four years after the event, Fowler recalls how she woke up in a hospital bed after being in a medically induced coma for 28 days. She had already undergone four blood transfusion and seven surgeries while she slumbered, and was told she would likely need even more after her plastic surgeon accidentally punctured her bowels during liposuction and injected fat into her sciatic nerve during a Brazilian butt lift at a leading plastic surgery clinic in Miami, Florida.
The Brazilian butt lift is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure during which fat is sucked out of one area of the body and inserted into the buttocks, leaving the appearance of a larger, firmer behind. More than a handful of celebs have had the procedure, including Kim Kardashian, Virginia Gallardo, Kylie Jenner and Amber Rose. Unlike a nose job, a Brazilian butt lift t is one of the most risky of all cosmetic procedures.
According to reports, the surgeon who performed Fowler’s operation – Dr Osakatukei Omulepu – had been practicing without medical malpractice insurance, and while Fowler’s bills have piled up, there seems to be little chance she will recoup money for what the doctor had done. Omulepu has meanwhile lost his licence to practice.
Fowler says following the procedure she was left with complications including nerve damage, inability to move her legs, perforation of the bowels, severe bleeding, and dehydration. She has had to relearn how to eat, how to stand and how to walk following the procedures, and has only recently moved from being in a wheelchair to using a cane.
Fowler is not alone in her plight and can count herself lucky that she survived. At least 13 women have died after undergoing discounted butt lifts and tummy tucks by unqualified and unscrupulous plastic surgeons at Florida clinics alone, many of them from fat embolisms, deadly mixtures of sedatives, puncture wounds to organs, and infections after undergoing procedures in dirty operating rooms.
Another who lost her life is Leah Cambridge, 29, who hit news headlines after she suffered a fatal complication by a doctor in Turkey when blood fat was accidentally injected into a vein and caused her to have three heart attacks on the operating table. The surgeon who carried out the op said his goal was to always make butts ‘as big as he possibly could’, but justified what had happened by saying, ‘it is a scientific fact that undesirable and unpredictable risks are always present in this kind of surgery’.