The NYPD is investigating a heartbreaking case in which a young mother died after receiving cosmetic surgery from an unlicensed doctor, as reported by CBS New York.
Bronx resident Latesha Bynum, 31, received a buttock augmentation on July 15 and, according to police, she was rushed to the hospital that night.
Just two hours after the procedure, Bynum called 911 complaining of chest pains and dizziness, her brother, Tymel Bynum, told reporters.
“She went to the hospital and couldn’t breathe, and whatever was in her went to her head,” he said. “She was brain dead and she had zero chance to basically come back from it.”
Bynum was put on life support but perished last Thursday.
The family’s lawyer says the mother of two fell prey to a man who marketed himself as an expert in the procedure but was nothing more than a phony unlicensed doctor.
The lawyer also claims the man who performed the deadly procedure used a Dunkin Donuts as his waiting room, and even hired a fake nurse to greet patients, all the while injecting “silicone poison into his patients’ buttocks and/or thighs.”
Police have confirmed that the suspect does not have a medical license and often practices similar procedures out of his apartment. They searched the Manhattan residence and found surgical supplies and a drug that numbs the skin, lidocaine, according to FOX5.
“We have everybody identified who were players in this,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “She went willingly. She had heard of this location from another friend of hers who had it done in February.”
Police are awaiting autopsy results and say arrests could be made soon.
In the meantime, the family is filing a $1 billion lawsuit.
“At the end of the day, my sister needs some type of justice, period,” her brother said.
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