Any 20-year-old's death is a tragedy -- for someone's life to end at such a young age, it just doesn't seem fair. Twenty-year-old Claudia Aderotimi's death, however, was an especially senseless tragedy -- for someone's life to end at any age as a result of getting illegal silicone butt injections, it just seems so ... infuriatingly pointless!! Aderotimi and her 22-year-old pal Theresa Gyamfi, both dancers, travelled all the way from London to Pennsylvania for the booty-enhancing treatment, which they received in an airport hotel room at the hands of Padge Gordon, otherwise known as "The Black Madam."
Right there is the part where it becomes obvious that being 20 years old is sometimes hazardous to your health. The dancers just assumed Gordon was a nurse of some kind and never asked to see any credentials. Big mistake -- they don't call it plastic "surgery" for nothing, you know! Still, I sort of understand ...
Seems like the general public tends to write off everything from Botox to breast implants as merely "cosmetic" procedures -- no riskier than getting your roots touched up. But plastic surgery is surgery, and not everybody is qualified to perform plastic surgery. Even if, like Gordon, they take thousands of dollars of your money up front and carry a sketchy bag of completely non-medical grade "medical" supplies.
The details are just horrifying: Gordon used needles from her bag to inject industrial-grade silicone (which she carried in a jug) into the dancers' behinds, then used Krazy Glue and cotton balls to close the wounds. OH MY GOD!! Aderotimi went into respiratory distress almost immediately (at which point Gordon took off), and died in the hospital a few hours later. Doctors said the silicone traveled into her blood, liver, lungs, and brain. She died of a pulmonary embolism.
All for an unnecessary procedure performed by an unqualified crook. Gordon is being charged with third-degree murder, but that won't bring Aderomiti back -- hopefully, if nothing else, this story will make people take plastic surgery more seriously.
What do you think about this horrible story?
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