WASHINGTON, January 11, 2015 – Oneal Ron Morris, a Florida transgender woman, was recently transferred to a Ft. Lauderdale jail. She served 336 days in jail in Miami for practicing medicine without a license.

She pled guilty to that charge as part of a deal, after illegally injecting numerous toxic substances into the buttocks of numerous women.  Morris had many injections herself, and then took to the “business” of “helping” others.

It seems many women are willing to take a needle (or two, or ten, or more) into their behinds in an effort to look more appealing.  For them, it is dangerous, and for those who do the injecting, it is illegal.

Morris is now facing seven more charges in Ft. Lauderdale, including a manslaughter charge, after one of her “patients” died following the injection “surgery.” Morris awaits trial and if convicted she could be sentenced up to 100 years.

Tracey Lynn Garner was convicted of “depraved heart” murder this past August, in Jackson, Mississippi for performing a deadly butt implant procedure in 2012 on a Georgia woman. Garner is also charged with the 2010 death of an Alabama woman.

Illegal butt injections are known to be responsible for over a dozen deaths in the U.S. in the last two years. In Venezuela, 17 died last year from illegal injections.

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The world, at least the subset of mostly uneducated, and, or, low-self-esteemed young women, are consumed with bigger butts. The desire to be more appealing is killing some of these women and making many others violently, horribly sick.

Claudia Aderotimi traveled from London to Philadelphia in 2011 to get butt shots. She was an aspiring dancer looking to enhance her figure so she could “make it” in the hip-hop music video world. She died of a pulmonary embolism almost immediately after an industrial-grade silicone was injected into her and migrated into her bloodstream and then entered her liver, lungs and brain.

A Los Angeles woman, Apryl Brown, had injections in 2004. Complications set in and her body went into septic shock. She had to have both legs and both arms amputated to save her life.

Forget the motives of the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Nicki Minaj.  Some of their fame is certainly linked to their over-sized rear-ends. Every time Lopez or Kardashian appears publicly in a bathing suit or tight outfit, the tabloids and gossip websites question if they had enhancement procedures.

Minaj has commented on butt injections and effectively has admitted that she has had them done. From one of her raps:

Kiss my ass … cause it’s finally famous… and it’s finally soft, yeah…. I don’t know, man, guess them ass shots wore off… 

“Butt pumping” may well have boomed because of popular culture. Clearly it is now a part of that culture. Meghan Trainor’s Song All About the Bass, released on June 30, 2014, was declared 2014’s “Song of the Summer” by NBC’s Today Show, and it is one of the best selling singles of all time with sales in excess of 6 million worldwide.

Giving Trainor every benefit of the doubt, it can be said it was a well-intentioned song, directed at improving self-image for young girls. That intent was lost however when the lyrics talk about her mama saying boys prefer bigger booty and when she uses the term “skinny bitches.”

The popularity of the song is as much about the rhythm and catchiness of the tune as it is about the subject matter: a bigger butt.

The number of legal buttock augmentation procedures has skyrocketed in the U.S., and that number pales in comparison to other countries, particularly Brazil. The legal procedures bring plastic surgeons over $26 million per year. There were over 12,000 procedures in the U.S. and more than 63,000 performed in Brazil in 2013, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

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Dr. Carlos Mendieta, a famous butt-doctor (plastic surgeon) in Miami tells that ten years ago his practice was only 20 percent buttocks enhancement. Now, it is over 90 percent.

He says …the buttock today is what the boobs were in the 60’s. Butts are better… when you look at breasts, you have to look at a face. There is no room to fantasize. But when you turn it around, there is no face anymore. You’re free to put whatever face you want on that booty.

The number of illegal procedures is wholly unknown, but the evidence makes clear those numbers leave the legal ones in the dust. Legitimate doctors report a dramatic increase in reconstructive procedures.

Illegal butt injections are performed by individuals who use needles (often, as might be imagined, that are not completely clean), in homes, in motel rooms, in back yards, or at “pumping parties.”

The substances that are injected into otherwise healthy butts have included concrete, rubber cement, Fix-A-Flat Tire Inflator, mineral oil, other kitchen-oils, industrial silicone (available at your hardware store), and the injection sites are often closed with Super Glue or Krazy Glue.

Websites are numerous that hawk “kits” containing many of these ingredients and tips on “doctors” and prices. Facebook pages do the same, and there are even Facebook groups. At one time someone using the name Sammy Jones promised on a Facebook group page that he would deliver kits anywhere in the world for $440.

Butt-lift and butt augmentation procedures, done legally, can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $14,000, depending upon the city and the surgeon, while illegal injections typically cost $200 to $400 each.

There are only two methods to legally and safely increase the buttocks size.

Doctors can harvest an individual’s own fat cells taken from other parts of the body, such as the stomach, and “graft” to the butt (known as “fat grafting”), or, they can place silicone implants.

The silicone implants used by doctors, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, are very different than the raw silicone used by the hacks.

Silicone implants used by doctors are encased.

Conversely, raw fluid silicone injected into the body can migrate. When the body recognizes a foreign substance, it tries to expel it by breaking it up or by moving it to other organs for secretion. The silicones used for these illegal enhancements do not break down and the body cannot absorb them.

They can cause death and mutilating side effects including swelling, violent reactions, septic infections, and blood clots. The skin often becomes discolored or turns black, polyps and boils develop, and some describe that the skin feels hard, like golf balls.   Doctors say these effects often do not surface for years, because it takes time for the body to reject the foreign substances – sometimes up ten years.

Dr. Chukwuemeka Onyewu, a plastic surgeon in Silver Spring, Maryland, has treated patients suffering from illegal butt injections:

There are people who say they would do it again. They would just pick a different person, somebody who has a better track record. They don’t really seem to get that they nearly lost their lives.

Ms. Trainor, call a press conference and tell the world you are sorry for the misguided message in your mega-hit song, and that girls should be happy with who they are.

It’s about helping self-esteem, not enlarging the ass.

 

Paul A. Samakow is an attorney licensed in Maryland and Virginia, and has been practicing since 1980.  He represents injury victims and routinely battles insurance companies and big businesses that will not accept full responsibility for the harms and losses they cause. He can be reached at any time by calling 1-866-SAMAKOW (1-866-726-2569), via email, or through his website

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