A 19-year-old beauty queen has died due to complications from botched liposuction surgery.
Catherine Cando, the winner of the Queen of Durán beauty contest in Ecuador, received a free liposuction surgery as part of the prize for winning the pageant, Fox News Latino reports. Although she initially did not want to undergo the procedure, she decided to go through with the procedure when judges convinced her she needed to lose weight.
Her brother, Daniel Zavela, told local media that she also received multiple calls from the surgeon persuading her to undergo the liposuction surgery. "She was thinking about letting someone else have it as a freebie, but eventually she agreed to have it just to get him off her back," he said.
On January 10, she underwent the procedure. It did not go as planned.
"I was told she had died of a brain oedema," said lawyer Carlos Reyes Izquierdo. "But the clinic staff told her relatives that she died of a cardiac arrest. I have ordered cytological and pathological examinations to find out what exactly happened."
"It can be presumed as negligence," he continued. "Because there has been no support from doctors who have failed to explain anything about the case."
The doctors who performed the surgery have been arrested to prevent them from fleeing the country.
Cosmetic surgery mishaps have been making headlines for several months now. In December, Andressa Urach, a contestant in the 2012 Miss BumBum competition, ended up in ICU after a botched thigh injection surgery nearly killed her. The 27-year-old told MailOnline that she regretted her obsession with her looks.
"I'm paying now for my vanity," she said.
Our thoughts and prayers go out the family and friends of both women. RIP, Catherine.