November 20, 2011
Illegal, Toxic Buttock Enlargement Leads To Arrest
A transgender man has been arrested by Miami, Florida police after performing an illegal cosmetic surgery that saw him inject a patient with cement, super glue, and other toxic substances.
According to a Saturday article by MSNBC.com writer Brian Hamacher, the individual, 30-year-old Oneal Ron Morris, will face charges of practicing medicine without a license after injecting an unidentified woman with a concoction that also included mineral oil and Fix-a-Flat (an aerosol spray used to seal punctured tires on a vehicle) during an illegal procedure intended to enlarge her buttocks.
Morris, a man who dresses as a woman and identifies himself as a female, was taken into custody Friday after an investigation by the Miami Gardens Police and the Florida Department of Health, Hamacher added. He is being held on $7,500 bond.
Telegraph reporter Jacqui Goddard notes that the patient "had sought a cut-price enhancement of her bottom and had agreed to pay $700 for the procedure."
"The woman, who was referred to Morris by a friend of a friend, told police that Morris's equipment appeared rudimentary and appeared to include a hose pipe attached to a cool box, through which he pumped the mixture into incisions in her buttocks," Goddard said. "She felt agonizing pain that left her screaming and drove herself to hospital after becoming ill with flu-like symptoms the following day."
Initially, the victim "was too embarrassed to tell baffled doctors what had occurred, and fled two hospitals before she could be diagnosed or treated," the Telegraph reporter added. She finally told police about what had occurred after being driven to a third medical facility by her mother, and provided law enforcement with Morris' telephone number.
"In a world where body image is in the forefront of our media, this woman, for whatever reason, thought that this was the answer and she almost lost her life," Detective Michael Dillon told the Miami Herald, according to Goddard's report.
According to Hamacher, police believe there may be others out there who were victimized by Morris, and they are encouraging them to come forward, emphasizing that they did nothing wrong and should not be afraid to come forward with their stories.
"News of the incident comes three weeks after the head of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons issued a warning about the dangers of 'pumping parties', which usually involve the illegal use of silicone to sculpt faces, lips, breasts, calves, arms and buttocks, and are held in private homes, garages and back-street salons," Goddard said.
"The worsening economy has prompted increasing numbers of patients wanting cosmetic enhancement to seek treatment from back-street practitioners offering crude bargain-priced procedures, the ASPS said," according to the Telegraph report. "The practice can cause serious medical complications including limb amputations, tumors, inflammatory reactions and even death."
Image 2: Oneal Morris, seen in this photo has been accused by police of practicing medicine without a license. Credit: Miami Gardens Police
On the Net:
- Miami Gardens Police Department
- Florida Department of Health
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)