'Botched buttock op victims' emerge
Published 22/11/2011 | 19:41
Several people have come forward alleging a woman posing as a Florida doctor and promising buttock enhancement treatment pumped their behinds with a toxic concoction of cement, superglue and flat-tyre sealant.
Oneal Ron Morris - who police say was born a man but now identifies as a woman - was arrested on Friday after nearly a year of being sought and charged with practising medicine without a licence with serious bodily injury.
Authorities say a victim who was looking to get a job at a nightclub and wanted a curvier figure paid Morris 700 US dollars (£448) for the injections in 2010. Morris allegedly used some type of tubing and inserted the toxic chemicals into her backside during a painful procedure.
The victim, who is not being identified due to medical privacy laws, suffered permanent scarring around the injection sites. Shortly after the surgery, she went to a hospital, but left because she was too embarrassed to tell doctors about the procedure.
The victim required multiple operations and had a 24-hour home health aide for an extended period of time, according to a statement from the Department of Health.
State health officials said that several possible victims have since come forward alleging Morris performed similar procedures resulting in life-threatening injuries.
The 30-year-old Morris has since been released from jail on a bond. Police say Morris performed the same surgery on herself.
Authorities said Morris may be part of an underground plastic surgery ring in south Florida. Health officials said additional arrests are possible.
Investigators spent nearly a year tracking Morris throughout south Florida and said she moved frequently.
State health officials are encouraging other potential victims to contact them.