Miami-Dade County

Illinois woman dies after cosmetic surgery at Doral clinic

A photo of the building where Seduction by Jardon’s Medical Center is located.
A photo of the building where Seduction by Jardon’s Medical Center is located. Google Street View

Another young woman from out of state died after undergoing cosmetic surgery at an office clinic in South Florida on Thursday, Miami-Dade police said.

Lattia Baumeister, 30, of Rock Island, Illinois, had a medical emergency during an unidentified cosmetic surgery at Seduction by Jardon’s Medical Center in Doral, police said. Baumeister was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where she died.

In March, Ranika Hall, 25, of Kansas City, Missouri, died after a Brazilian butt lift procedure performed at Eres Plastic Surgery in Hialeah, the same cosmetic surgery center, with a new name, where a 29-year-old West Virginia mother of two, Heather Meadows, died in May 2016.

Her death continues a troubling trend in South Florida: out-of-state patients, mostly young women, lured to office clinics in Miami with websites promising low-price cosmetic surgery. They are recruited through social media and online advertising by doctors and clinics that arrange financing at high interest rates.

Police have not identified the doctor. The center’s website advertises seven doctors who work for them.

But the results are often gruesome. Many patients are hospitalized for weeks with serious infections, punctured organs and other medical complications. Most often, they are undergoing liposuction and fat transfer procedures, such as the Brazilian butt lift.

Daniel Chang: 305-376-2012, @dchangmiami

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