When Ranika Hall, 25, announced she would travel to South Florida for a Brazilian butt lift, her family urged her not to go through with the popular rear-reshaping surgery.
But Hall, a new mother, ignored her family’s advice because she was unhappy with her post-pregnancy body, NBC Miami reported.
“I tried to talk her out of it. I really did,” her mother, Nicole Hall, told the outlet. “Her sisters and her brothers tried to talk her out of it,” she said.
The Missouri woman is the second patient in less than a year to die from a Brazilian butt-lift procedure at the same Miami plastic surgery clinic.
Hall scheduled the cosmetic procedure at Eres Plastic Surgery in Hialeah — the clinic where Heather Meadows died last year at 29 from the same procedure.
When Meadows died, the outfit was called Encore Plastic Surgery, and was under different ownership.
Encore and connected clinics were known to engage in deceptive practices resulting in patient injuries, according to local investigations.
On Thursday evening, Hall lost consciousness and stopped breathing, police said. She was declared dead at the hospital at about 10 p.m.
“It’s hard for me to grasp a hold of it,” Nicole Hall told the media outlet. “Unbelievable, like it’s not true,” she said. The grieving mother added that she is “looking for answers.”
The Brazilian butt-lift procedure uses liposuction to take fat from elsewhere in the body and inject it into the buttocks.
According to Eres Plastic Surgery’s website, the procedure costs $3500 and includes 12 areas of liposuction.
Meadows died from fat clots that caused her organs to fail by blocking her arteries, Miami-Dade coroners concluded in an autopsy report.
Eres Plastic Surgery released a statement Friday expressing condolences.
“Dr. Daniel Calva and Eres Plastic Surgery are deeply saddened by what has occurred and offer their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the statement reads in part.
Nicole Hall has created a GoFundMe campaign to cover the expenses of bringing her daughter’s body home for a burial.
“My beautiful daughter went to miami, Fl to have a high profile procedure done which was take her fatty tissue out her stomach and placed elsewhere. My baby left wednesday 3/15/17 perfectly fine and health which was the last time i talked to her and seen her,” she wrote on the campaign’s homepage. As of Sunday the campaign had raised nearly $5,000.
Hialeah police, the Florida Department of Health, and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office are investigating the death.