KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities in Florida are investigating after a 25-year-old Missouri woman died after undergoing a cosmetic procedure at a Miami-area surgery center.
Police in Hialeah, Florida, said in a news release that Ranika Hall of Kansas City died Thursday after undergoing surgery on her buttocks at the Eres Plastic Surgery clinic in Hialeah.
Police say emergency responders were sent to the clinic about 9 p.m. Thursday after fielding a call that Hall was not breathing. She died about an hour later at a hospital.
Her mother has started a gofundme page in the hopes of raising enough money to bring her daughter's body back to Missouri for burial. The mother posted: "My beautiful daughter went to Miami, Florida to have a high profile procedure done which was take her fatty tissue out her stomach and placed elsewhere.My baby left Wednesday, 3/15/17 perfectly fine and healthy which was the last time I talked to her and seen her. Her procedure was scheduled for 3/16/17 at 130 Miami time she sent a text at 11:40 Thursday morning letting. Never knew that would be the last time I would hear from her. She has a beautiful 1yr old daughter that I need to bring her body back for a proper burial. If you can donate anything please please do so.Thank you."
The Miami Herald reports that Hialeah police are investigating with the Florida Department of Health and the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.
The clinic said in a statement Friday night that it is "deeply saddened by what has occurred."
According to the Miami Herald, Hall’s death is the fourth death since 2013 — two last year alone — at a network of clinics connected to a Miami physician, Ismael Labrador, and his ex-wife, Aimee De la Rosa.
D. Diana Elias, a board certified plastic surgeon in St. Pete says there are things you can do to make sure you don’t fall victim to a bad plastic surgery experience.
“The first thing you should do is make sure the person is a board certified plastic surgeon. Also, if possible, see how many types of the procedure they have done. And then there’s the common-sense stuff, what if I get an irregularity, have trouble bleeding,” says Dr. Elias.
Dr. Elias says there’s also a major difference between a plastic surgeon and a plastic surgeon.
“In order to call yourself a plastic surgeon, you have to complete a complete residency and then you do a fellowship. So overall, you do 6 years of training or more, and then you pass boards. There’s group of doctors say they are board certified in cosmetic surgery. There is no legitimate cosmetic surgery board.
That sounds very legitimate to people when hearing it on a telephone, or see it on a website. To be certified in cosmetic surgery, you take a few brief courses and someone issues you a diploma. You could be a podiatrist, ENT, GYN, and get a cosmetic board diploma,” says Dr. Elias.
Dr. Elisa says the key thing is to do your research.