Florida police on Friday arrested a person suspected of administering dangerous and illegal butt-boosting shots – injecting at least one woman with a cocktail of substances including cement, glue and tire sealant.
The person is 30-year-old Oneal Ron Morris, who was born a man but who identifies as a woman. Morris is pictured above.
Police could not release an official report on the incident, noting that the case is still under investigation. However, Sgt. William Bamford of the Miami Gardens, Fla., Police Department said that the procedure took place in May 2010, after the as-yet-unidentified victim met with Morris to discuss the procedure.
“They agreed on the price of $700 for the procedure, which was intended for cosmetic purposes,” Bamford said.
What the woman got for her money was a series of injections containing a bizarre concoction of cement, super glue, mineral oil and Fix-A-Flat tire inflator and sealant, police said.
Bamford said that the procedure was conducted not in a clinic, but in a residential setting in Miami Gardens, and that shortly after the substance was injected into the woman’s body she developed what Bamford termed “severe complications.”
“[A] short time later, she develops very serious pains, abdomen, throughout her body,” Bamford told ABC affiliate WPLG. “She knows something’s wrong.”
Bamford said the woman went to two different local hospitals, finally heading to Tampa General Hospital, where she received treatment, he said.
Bamford said the woman had an infection at the wound site with the drug-resistant bug MRSA, and she had also developed pneumonia. Even then, Bamford said, the woman was not forthcoming with doctors regarding the source of her symptoms.
But doctors at the hospital, suspecting the work of an unlicensed practitioner was to blame, contacted the Florida Department of Health.
Unfortunately, before health officials could learn more about the case, the woman had left the hospital.
It was not until March 2011 that investigators in South Florida were able to piece together enough of what happened to track down and arrest Morris in North Lauderdale, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Morris was charged with practicing medicine without a license and causing bodily harm.
As odd as the idea of cut-rate, illicit, butt-boosting injections may sound, this case is far from the first that has made headlines – and in some cases, the outcome has been deadly.
In February, 20-year-old British woman Claudia Aderotimi died following a cosmetic buttocks injection administered in a Philadelphia hotel room.
In January, Whalesca Castillo, an unlicensed practitioner in New York City, was arrested for running an illegal business out of her home injecting women with liquid silicone in the buttocks and breasts.
And in 2010, a Miami woman, Ana Josefa Sevilla, was charged with a similar crime after one of her clients ended up in the emergency room with complications.
“We’ve heard of people having caulk or industrial-grade silicone, neither of which is approved for use anywhere in the body, injected into their buttocks,” Dr. Felmont Eaves, a North Carolina-based plastic surgeon and president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, told ABCNews.com at the time of Aderotimi’s death. “There are safe ways to augment the buttocks. Fat grafts usually work extremely well, but obviously you want someone who is board-certified to do that procedure.”
Editor’s note: The original version of this blog mistakenly identified Oneal Ron Morris as a man, though she identifies as a woman. The blog was subsequently corrected. We regret this error.