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Police arrest man accused of performing butt injections that killed 28-year-old

Jose Robusto
Jose Robusto

Police have arrested a Venezuelan man accused of performing illegal butt-enhancement injections that killed a Miami woman in April 2013.

Jose Robusto, 43, was booked into a Miami-Dade jail early Saturday on charges of manslaughter and practicing unlicensed medicine resulting in death.

He is accused of performing the injections that killed Suyima Torres, 28, after she went to the Cuerpos Health and Aesthetics in West Miami-Dade. The medical examiner’s office ruled that she died of an embolism.

After the death, Robusto had fled to his native Venezuela but was nabbed when he returned to Miami on Friday.

He admitted that he performed a first procedure on Torres but denied injecting her the second and fatal time, law enforcement sources told the Miami Herald.

Torres was arrested at Miami International Airport after arriving on a flight from Aruba, via Venezuela. He was arrested by Miami-Dade’s homicide unit.

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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, 2013, at a cost of $1,500 cash.

Police believe Robusto introduced himself as a “Venezuelan doctor” and with a plastic syringe injected an oily yellow substance into the woman’s buttocks.

For the second treatment, which cost $800, Torres went back to the clinic alone at 9 a.m. April 11. Her aunt told police that hours later, when the treatment was done, Torres felt dizzy and had to be rushed to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. She died later that night.

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Patients seeking cheap cosmetic surgery in Miami sometimes put their lives at risk.

A little more than a week ago, a 29-year-old woman visiting South Florida from West Virginia “suffered medical complications,” police said, and later died after undergoing a procedure at Encore Plastic Surgery at 1738 W 49th St. in Hialeah.

That clinic has ties to previous cosmetic surgery-related deaths, using doctors who have maimed patients repeatedly and then discharged them to recover in hotels and even horse stables with no medical attention, according to state records.

The Florida Department of Health has charged physicians who work at Encore Plastic Surgery in Hialeah, and two other clinics, Vanity Cosmetic Surgery and Spectrum Aesthetics in Miami, with medical malpractice and employing unlicensed professionals.

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