By Ibiene George
A woman has been left a multiple amputee following back-alley cosmetic surgery that went horrifically wrong.
April Brown suffered life threatening infections after having silicone implants injected into her buttocks. The procedure was carried out by an unlicensed practitioner in Los Angeles, she said, with complications leading to several stints as a hospital inpatient.
The mother-of-two said that the back-alley procedure was carried out at a ‘pumping party’ by back-alley doctors. ‘They call it medical ‘grade silicone,’ she said, ‘but a lot of it is industrial grade silicone. ‘Last year Brown’s health deteriorated to the point that she was left with no choice but to have all of her limbs removed.
Once a cosmetologist and fashion designer, Brown hopes to get through her devastating ordeal and begin a new career as a motivational speaker. She said she credits her family and friends for giving her the strength and will to survive, adding: ‘We don’t validate each other. ‘We really don’t know how our friends feel about us, unless we have very expressive friends.’
In the past year, several cases of illegal butt-injections have come up. Among the notorious figures was Kimberly Smedley, 45, who pleaded guilty in March to charges she operated an illegal butt-injection practice out of hotel rooms in Baltimore, Washington, Detroit, Philadelphia and New York. She kept the silicone in a water jug for the procedures – and used ‘super glue with cotton balls to prevent silicone leaking out’ of the women’s flesh.
Smedley was investigated last year after one woman fell seriously ill from receiving silicone injections. She was arrested at a hotel in Washington D.C. as she was preparing to see customers for treatments. Smedley, who faces five years in prison, will be sentenced in July.
Illegal silicone injections, often used by sex workers and those in the transgender community to alter their appearance, are incredibly dangerous and can even be life-threatening.
Culled from daily mail
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