A Missouri woman died after she underwent a Brazilian butt lift surgery in a Miami plastic surgery clinic last week. Ranika Hall, 25, is the second woman to have died in less than a year after the procedure in the same clinic, according to local media.
According to Hall's family, the new mother was unhappy with her post-pregnancy body and decided to travel to South Florida to undergo the popular rear-reshaping surgery. Her parents reportedly warned her from taking the surgery but she ignored their advice.
“I tried to talk her out of it. I really did,” her mother, Nicole Hall, told local media. “Her sisters and her brothers tried to talk her out of it.”
The surgery took place at Eres Plastic Surgery in Hialeah — the clinic where Heather Meadows died last year at 29 from the same procedure. Hialeah police, along with the Florida Department of Health and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, are investigating the recent death.
Last year, reports surfaced that Meadows, a native of West Virginia, suffered medical complications after the procedure. Fat clots clogged her lungs and heart, which caused her organs to fail, a report from the medical examiner stated at the time.
In the latest case, Hall lost consciousness and stopped breathing after her surgery Thursday, police reportedly said, adding that she was later declared dead.
“It’s hard for me to grasp a hold of it,” Nicole Hall told the media. “Unbelievable, like it’s not true,” she said. The grieving mother added that she is “looking for answers.”
During a Brazilian butt lift, fat is removed through liposuction on the stomach, back, thighs and/or arms, and then injected into the buttocks. According to Eres Plastic Surgery’s website, the procedure costs $3,500 and includes 12 areas of liposuction.
Eres Plastic Surgery released a statement Friday expressing condolences over the death.
“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.
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,” Nicole Hall wrote on the campaign’s homepage.