Florida Police say a Missouri woman is dead after undergoing a controversial cosmetic procedure in Florida known as Brazilian butt lift.
According to a press release by Sgt. Carl Zogby of the Hialeah Police, Ranika Hall, 25, of Kansas City, MO, flew to Hialeah, Florida, Wednesday to get a Brazilian butt lift. She stopped breathing during surgery after losing consciousness and was rushed to a local hospital where she died Thursday night.
According to WPLG TV-10, Hall had the procedure done at Eres Plastic Surgery, a business previously known as Encore Plastic Surgery, Vanity Cosmetic Surgery and IQuest Surgery Center.
Eres Plastic Surgery is the same business where another woman 29-year-old Heather Meadows underwent Brazilian butt lift surgery before dying last May, WPLG reported.
In the Brazilian butt lift procedure, fat is usually taken from the back or stomach and injected into the butt to make it bigger.
Health problems during surgery happens if the fat enters the blood stream and into the lungs, stopping the patient's breathing.
Hall’s mother, Nicole, said: "I tried to talk her out of it. I really did. Her sisters and brothers tried to talk her out of it."
She added: "It's hard for me to grasp a hold of it. Unbelievable, like it's not true."
Nicole also said that she was "looking for answers" on how it happened.
Eres Plastic Surgery said the death is being investigated.
A statement released from the centre reads: "Dr. Daniel Calva and Eres Plastic Surgery express their deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of our patient who had recently undergone a cosmetic procedure at our center on Thursday evening.
"Dr. Daniel Calva and Eres Plastic Surgery are deeply saddened by what has occurred and offter their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
"Dr. Calva is a highly skilled and caring surgeon that is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to his patients."
Plastic surgery patients are 20 times more likely to die from a Brazilian Butt Lift than any other procedure.
Nicole set up a GoFundMe page to help bring Ranika’s body back to Kansas City.
Ranika left behind a 1-year-old daughter, according to Nicole Hall.