Women risking lives for bigger butts

Women in search of beauty across the US are risking their lives for black-market procedures to make their butts bigger, this often is involving home-improvement materials such as silicone which is injected by people with no medical training whatsoever.

Some women want to fill out a bikini or a pair of jeans. Others just believe a bigger bottom will bring them work as music video models or adult entertainers. Whatever the reason, they are seeking cheaper
alternatives to plastic surgery and sometimes with deadly or
disfiguring results.

Deaths have been reported in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New York. These deaths are from from black market butt injections. An interior decorator in Mississippi now faces trial for the deaths of two women who were injected at her home.

Even though there is little data on the procedures or injuries they have caused, doctors and authorities say they are seeing them more often. The use of online forums to set up these illegal procedures have attracted thousands of reponses. Not just from women but from men as well. However the enhancement procedures are way more popular among women.

Very big butts have been popular in hip-hop videos for years,
celebrated by songs like the 1990s hit Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-
Lot, with lyrics declaring, “I like big butts and I cannot lie.”

Dionne Stephens, an assistant professor of psychology at Florida
International University who studies race, gender and sexuality in
hip-hop culture, has said,Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Beyonce have made the shapely body part popular among an increasing number of women of all races and ethnicities.The main problem is that some of them toss caution aside when black market procedures are the only ones they can afford.

“It is very scary that this is happening,” Ms Stephens said.

For 46-year-old Apryl Michelle Brown, the path to a black-market
injection started out with people teasing her as a child about having a “pancake butt.”Years later, a woman walked in Brown’s beauty salon in California and told her she could make her butt bigger with injections.

Ms Brown recalls.

“It seemed like divine intervention,It was just something I felt inside of me, that I felt would make me better. I just didn’t want the pancake booty anymore”

The following week, Ms Brown was at the woman’s house getting injections and followed up later with more. It wasn’t long before the injection sites became hard and excruciatingly painful. Ms Brown eventually began looking for doctors to remove the material, which she learned was an industrial silicone available at a home improvement store.

Following surgery in 2011, a staph infection left her near death. Both her hands and feet were amputated. Ms Brown now has a website and speaks out about the topic, trying to convince others that they ARE beautiful just the way they are.

Ms Brown said,

“I would never want anybody else to go through this, not even lose one finger, much less all their limbs”

Anecdotal evidence is that these illegal procedures are becoming more common. Back in April 2007, someone posted this question on the website Topix.com: “is there any truth to this madness about some type of butt injections to make your butt bigger someone enlighten me.” Since it was posted there have been more than 14,000 responses, with new ones added almost daily. Some of those responses are horror stories. More of them go like this one, posted recently: “Does anyone know of a good injector in Los Angeles County?” Or there is this one on July 10, “Safe reliable injector will be in NJ the week of the 15th. Booking appointments now.”

Investigators into the death of Karima Gordon, a Georgia woman who died after getting injections in Mississippi in 2012, used the internet to find someone to inject her.Prosecutors say first, she connected with an adult entertainer and hip hop model, Natasha Stewart, who also goes by the moniker Pebbelz Da Model. They met in New York and Gordon paid Stewart $US200 ($224) for a referral. Authorities say that Gordon was told the injections would be performed by a trained medical professional.

In March 2012, Gordon drove with a friend from Atlanta to Jackson,
Mississippi, to the home of 53-year-old Tracey Lynn Garner, who is also known as Morris Garner, a floral and interior decorator with no
medical training. The cost of the injections was $US1,500. Early in the case, authorities referred to Garner as a man, but her attorney says she had surgery to change gender.

A few days later Gordon died of blood clots in her lungs. According to an investigator’s testimony from September. There was so much of a “silicone-like” substance in her buttocks that it spilled onto the floor and “all over the place” when the medical
examiner cut into her during the autopsy.

Garner and Stewart, 40, are currently charged in Hinds County, Mississippi, with depraved-heart murder. They have pleaded not guilty. They are scheduled for trial next year. Attorneys for both are under a gag order in the case which prohibits them from commenting.

Garner was later charged in 2010 with the death of another woman from Alabama, she also pleaded not guilty to that charge. Authorities haven’t said what substance Garner used, though industrial silicone has been used in other cases.

Dr John Martin, a plastic surgeon in Florida, said that
illicit cosmetic procedures have become common. Sometimes multiple
people are injected in hotel rooms in what are called “pumping parties.”

Some people have had silicone injected in their faces, where it can
cause protruding, rock-hard nodules, but it is easier to treat than
the large amounts injected into the butt. It’s so difficult to
remove very large amounts of silicone from the butts that many
doctors, including Dr Martin, won’t even try.

Dr Martin said,

“When you put in a large amount of silicone, it can drift. If I fill your butt with this huge amount of silicone, it can run down your leg and you have to get your leg amputated.It can also cause infections and blood clots. If the needles hit a blood vessel, the silicone can enter the blood stream and work its way to the lungs”

Doctors won’t perform butt injections, but they do offer butt lifts
and butt implants. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Doctors have performed more than 3,700 of those legal procedures in thelast year, generating more than $US17 million. The average fee for a legal butt implant is $US4,670.

According to police reports,in a criminal case in Florida, Shatarka Nuby paid $US2,000 for injections at people’s homes, Nuby died on March 17, 2012, while serving a prison sentence for using fraudulent credit cards, including for professionally done breast implants.

She had gotten the illegal butt injection numerous times between
2007 to 2011. Authorities say, she died from acute and chronic
respiratory failure from the silicone.

Oneal Ron Morris, who was born a man, identifies as a woman, and
goes by the name of Duchess, was charged with Nuby’s death. Nuby’s
aunt told investigators that she watched some of the injections.
Morris’ lawyer didn’t respond to a message.

Morris told Nuby’s aunt at one time that she was using silicone from
Home Depot, according to a police affidavit that charged Morris with
manslaughter in July 2012.The aunt said she could “see the butt rise” when the substance was injected. It was then sealed with cotton balls and superglue .according to the affidavit, Morris assured the women “that the substances she was injecting into Shatarka Nuby would not hurt her.”

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IMAGE: Oneal Ron Morris, 30, who police say was born a man and identifies as a woman, following her arrest on November 18, 2011 after nearly a year of being sought and charged with practicing medicine without a license with serious bodily injury.

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