Miami-Dade County

June 13, 2013

Cops investigate woman’s death after butt injections

Detectives are looking for the alleged Venezuelan doctor who augmented a Dade woman’s buttocks, after which she died.

The last message Coralia Espinosa received from her daughter Suyima Torres said that Torres was already on a gurney,

Torres, 28, was going into surgery for a second session of a treatment for gluteus augmentation at the Cuerpos Health & Asthetic Clinic, a center that a friend had recommended, Espinosa said.

But she was nervous and had called her daughter on April 11 at around 10 a.m. After receiving Torres’ last message, Espinosa repeatedly asked her to call her when the procedure was finished.

Torres never responded to the calls her mother made later. At 9:50 p.m. Torres died after a respiratory arrest.

“I want at least that my daughter’s death does not go unpunished,” Espinosa said. “An angel, she is an angel.”

Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide related to the treatment Torres received.

Detectives from Miami-Dade and from the Florida Department of Health are looking for the alleged Venezuelan doctor who performed the treatment, whose identity has not been revealed.

The investigation of the death of Torres, a Miami resident, was initially reported Tuesday by CBS Channel 4.

The clinic where the procedure occurred was on the second floor of a shopping center at 8410 W. Flagler Street, where there are other clinics, a restaurant and several beauty salons, among other shops.

The business belongs to Ruth Planas, and the Department of Health said that it only had a permit to function as a massage salon.

However, on its Facebook page, the clinic announces that it has certified plastic surgeons.

Torres received her first treatment on April 1 at a cost of $1,500 cash.

Her aunt, Fortunata Amparo López Cámara, accompanied her. Testimony from López Cámara said that a man who introduced himself as a “Venezuelan doctor” injected an oily yellow substance with a plastic syringe into her niece’s buttocks.

The alleged doctor, Torres’ parents said, never performed any previous tests. Though he had previously told her that he would perform the second treatment at least a month later, that day he told her that her inflammation was gone and that she was ready for the second session the following week.

For the second treatment, which cost $800, Torres went back to the clinic alone on April 11 at 9 a.m.

At about noon, when the treatment was finished, Torres said that she felt “dizzy,” according to Ruth Planas’ testimony to the authorities. The dizziness was so serious that Planas called an ambulance that transported Torres to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables.

Suyima Torres died at 9:50 p.m. of a lung embolism, her parents said.

Planas has not been charged with any crime.

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