South Floridian Ranika Hall died after receiving a controversial cosmetic procedure that has killed 11 people since 2010. This is the second death caused by this exact procedure at this exact location.
Hall had scheduled an operation known as a Brazilian butt lift at Hialeah's Eres Plastic Surgery. The procedure entails taking fat from a person's stomach or back and injecting it into their buttocks. But shortly after receiving the injections, police were called to the location to attempt to revive Hall, who had fallen unconscious. Hall was pronounced deceased an hour later.
"Unbelievable, like it's not true," said Nicole Hall, Ranika's mother, about her daughter's death. "It's hard for me to grasp a hold of it ... I know it's supposed to be a common procedure. I'm looking for answers."
Hialeah's has offered the following statement on the situation: "Dr. Daniel Calva and Eres Plastic Surgery express their deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of our patient who had recently undergone a cosmetic procedure at our center on Thursday evening. Dr. Daniel Calva and Eres Plastic Surgery are deeply saddened by what has occurred and offer their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Dr. Calva is a highly skilled and caring surgeon that is dedicated to providing the highest level of care to his patients."
But the history of that particular center tells another story. The spot was known as Encore Plastic Surgery before the death of Heather Meadows in 2016. Meadows had also been receiving a Brazilian Butt Lift before she died.
NBC Miami reports that this location has been a plastic surgery center for 10 years but has changed names and owners at least three times in the past decade.
Numerous deaths caused by Brazilian butt lifts prompted inquiries into the process, which revealed that a patient is 20 times more likely to die of a Brazilian Butt Lift than any other cosmetic surgery procedure. The deaths are caused by a fat embolism, in which injected fat enters the blood stream and is sent to the lungs causing the patient to be unable to breathe.
Hialeah Police, state health officials and the plastic surgery center all say they are investigating the situation.
Nicole has since created a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the costs of Ranika's funeral.