A lady afrom New Rochelle, New York, died while undergoing plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic, CBS New York reports. She is the third American to die in a month during a beauty operation in the Caribbean nation.
According to her sister, Maxine David, Alexandra Medina was unhappy with her appearance, and requested doctors within the U.S. about undergoing liposuction. However, she was apparently told that she needed to drop pounds before getting the surgical procedure.
Her sister says Medina contacted a Dominican doctor by Facebook, who said the surgical procedure wouldn’t be a problem. “This doctor was like, ‘No problem. We will do it. We will deal with it. We have dealt with bigger women, so come here. We’ll do it.’ And it was obviously also cheaper,” David mentioned.
Throughout liposuction at a Santo Domingo clinic Friday, Medina died on the operating table, allegedly from a blood clot.
The Dominican Health Minister apparently instructed David a full review will happen, however she is worried they will sweep it under the rug.
“Women are going over there for these surgeries, these elective surgeries, and never coming out alive,” David stated.
“There are reasonable facilities in Europe, South America, et cetera, but they are usually subject to the same set of criteria we’ve right here,” Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Henry Spinelli instructed CBS New York. “To indiscriminately select some place on the basis of finances is a grave mistake.”
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning in regards to the risks of “medical tourism” after at least 18 women from the East Coast became infected with a disfiguring bacteria following plastic surgery procedures that they had in the Dominican Republic.