In a shocking example of what can happen when a plastic surgeon's credentials are not authentic, a Florida woman, Oneal Ron Morris, allegedly offered low-cost, in-house operations for buttock, cheek, and lip enhancements to "clients" in Florida. She then injected her "patients" with a mixture of cement, flat tire sealant, and Super Glue. She is facing manslaughter charges after one of her victims died from a Fix-a-Flat injection.
Morris, who is transgendered, used the mixture on herself for buttock and hip enhancement. Now under investigation by authorities, her victims are coming forward to aid authorities in gathering evidence. Morris was assisted with the so-called surgeries by an accomplice, who has also been arrested on charges of bodily harm and practicing medicine without a license.
The procedures were primarily performed within the transgender community and conducted in private homes and hotel rooms in south Florida. After a woman was hospitalized with a bacterial infection and pneumonia following a series of injections, health investigators became aware of Morris' activities.
Many of the victims of this scam have been forced to seek expensive reconstructive surgeries to reverse the damage of the injections, but still face a life with deformed features. The investigation is ongoing to determine the extent of the crime and the number of people involved.
The lure Morris used was the low cost of the procedures. The horrific nature of this case, while extreme, highlights the absolute necessity to ensure that any cosmetic procedure is being performed by a qualified physician who is board certified in the procedure in question. Only in those circumstances can a successful and safe outcome be guaranteed.