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Transgender Woman Dies After Getting Silicone Butt Injections At A Party

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The woman died weeks after getting the injection (Photo by Brian A. Jackson via Shutterstock)
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A transgender woman has died weeks after getting silicone injected into her butt at a "silicone party" in Santa Ana. The 40-year-old woman had gone to a party at an unknown location in Santa Ana in December, OC Weekly Reports. At the party, she was given shots of silicone into her butt to make it bigger. Following the injections, the victim began experiencing respiratory issues. She was admitted into the hospital on January 1 and died on January 21. Her cause of death was listed as "silicone embolism syndrome."

Silicone parties typically cost between $400 and $1,000, much cheaper than getting it done by a legitimate doctor in a clinic. Dr. Justin West, a plastic surgeon, told KTLA that these kinds of illegal cosmetic treatments are very dangerous. Side effects can include skin irritations and infections, illness and severe pain. Worse, silicone can also get into the blood stream and travel to vital organs, causing death.

Antonio Viramontes, who works at the LGBT Center in Orange County, told KTLA that this terrifying practice is becoming unfortunately common among transgender men and women who wish to modify their bodies.

"A woman is dead…because she was trying got achieve idealized physical beauty…and feel complete a transwoman," he said.

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This LGBT Center does have a doctor that transgender men and women can talk to about safe and legal resources.

Andressa Urach—a 27-year-old Brazilian TV personality and contestant in the Miss BumBum pageant—received national attention when she released graphic photos showing gaping holes in her thigh. Urach revealed that she almost lost her leg after gel injections her body didn't accept, causing the muscles in her thigh to rot. She is now recovering, and says she has no intention of getting any more plastic surgery.

A 22-year-old woman in New York died after getting a butt injection in a hotel in New York, NY Times reports. And sometimes, it isn't even silicone that's injected. There have been horrifying cases of cement and glue injections and fix-a-flat injections. There's also a video of a woman claiming to be inserting dog urine into her breasts, according to Vice. Daniel Serrano, who pretended to be a licensed plastic surgeon and had several high-profile clients, was arrested after injecting a low grade silicone similar to motor oil into clients. He served 18 months in prison for conspiracy, the use of unapproved drugs and and smuggling, then was voluntarily deported to his home country of Argentina, Huffington Post reports.

The Santa Ana Police Department is currently looking into this particular "silicone party" and trying to find anyone with more information about the legality of the fatal procedure.