Woman dead, 2 hospitalized after plastic surgery in Mexico
A California woman died and two more were hospitalized after they all underwent plastic surgery on the same day at a clinic in Mexico.
Keuana Weaver, a 38-year-old mother of two, died on January 29 on the operating table at Art Siluette Aesthetic Surgery in Tijuana, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Weaver’s friend Kanisha Davis said they both had liposuction and tummy tuck scheduled for the day with the same doctor.
Davis, a nurse, came to Long Beach to find out her friend had died – and then began to bleed and vomit internally.
According to the report, she was hospitalized for two weeks.
“If I hadn’t gone to the hospital, I would have died,” said Davis. “I was slowly bleeding to death. I was weak. “
A third woman, Esmeralda Iniguez, who did not know the other two patients but underwent surgery on the same day, said she nearly died of septic shock as a result of her procedure.
She has been in and out of the hospital with kidney failure since February.
The interventions were carried out by the director of the clinic, Dr. Jesús Manuel Báez López, carried out, said the women. The local plastic surgeon association said he was not a member, according to the report.
“I’m lovesick. I want to know what happened,” Weaver’s mother, Renee Weaver, told the newspaper.
A letter she sent to the Tribune shows that the clinic has offered to reimburse her daughter’s $ 6,700 surgery.
She didn’t even know Keuana had traveled south of the border until a family member called to tell her about her daughter’s death.
Keuana’s cause of death was listed as “secondary hypoxic encephalopathy,” a type of brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen, according to the report. She leaves behind a 13 year old and a 1 year old.
“Keuana was a very independent woman; A good, loving, clever and very intelligent black woman, ”said her distraught mother.
“I’m mostly sad that this happened to my daughter because she was so beautiful to me inside and out that she just couldn’t see it.”
Davis, Keuana’s friend, recalled being concerned that she was not connected to monitors during her operation and was immediately released to a hotel room to rest in.
“As a nurse, I knew something was wrong,” she told the newspaper.
“Did we know we were taking the risk of being in Mexico? Yes, ”added Davis. “But did we ever think that the risk would be death? No.”
Authorities in Baja California, the Mexican state where Tijuana is located, told the Union Tribune that they are investigating Keuana’s death.
“We are working very hard to ensure that doctors who practice without proper IDs are immediately shut down and examined by the attorney general,” Atzimba Villegas, state director for medical tourism, said in a statement.
“It is important for the entire industry that patients feel safe, are well cared for and achieve the results they want.”
Neither Báez López nor the clinic responded to the newspaper’s requests for comments.