Philadelphia police have questioned one woman and are searching for another in connection with a butt-enhancement operation that apparently killed a 20-year-old woman.
Claudia Seye Aderotimi traveled to Philadelphia from London to receive the treatment, which involved a silicone injection to the buttocks, Sky News reported.After the procedure, she complained of shortness of breath and was taken to hospital, where she later died.
Aderotimi was originally identifed as Claudia Adesui. She lived in London but was not a British citizen, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Police served a search warrant Tuesday night at the home of the woman they believe they set up the appointment, Fox News reported. They questioned the woman but did not place her under arrest.
They are still hunting for the woman they believe carried out the procedure.
Aderotimi traveled to the United States with three friends. They made the connection with the people offering the plastic surgery service via the Internet, investigators said.
The person who administered the injections booked a hotel room where the procedure took place.The injection of liquid silicone to "fill wrinkles or augment tissues" is illegal in the United States, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The substance is used for breast enhancement procedures, but in the form of silicone implants.
Liquid silicone can prove deadly because the substance can get easily be contaminated and infections can develop in a nonsterile environment, according to Dr. Phil Haeck, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
"This is a tragedy that should never have happened," Haeck said, according to Sky News.
"It is shocking that people don't put their own safety first, they don't ask enough questions, they don't ask for credentials, because they are looking for a bargain."
Authorities in Philadelphia say they don't know whether the woman they're looking for is a licensed medical professional.
One of Aderotimi's friends underwent a similar procedure but is currently in good health, according to Jillian Russell, a spokewoman for Philadelphia police.