An Argentine woman is dead, thanks to a failed attempted at a DIY breast augmentation, The Huffington Post reported yesterday. Sonia Perez Llanzon, 39, allegedly injected Vaseline into her breasts several weeks prior to suffering a fatal pulmonary embolism.
“The Vaseline entered the woman’s blood stream, where it caused blood clots that eventually traveled to her lungs. Llanzon died as a result of pulmonary embolism following a month-long hospitalization,” The Huffington Post said. Llanzon initially admitted herself to the hospital owing to difficulty breathing. “The human body has antibodies to remove bacteria and viruses, but it hasn’t got any mechanisms against this type of product,” chief of surgery at Lucio Molas Hospital in Santa Rosa, Julio Pla Cardenas, explained.
Sources have yet to confirm an exact date and time of death. A Facebook post by Llanzon’s son, Kevin Berazategui, suggests that Llanzon passed away on March 6. Berazategui posted a commemorative status on March 8. “It has been two days since you haven’t been here in this world… I will love you forever. The 20 years I spent by your side were beautiful,” he began. “I’m going to live my life as a demonstration of your efforts as a fighter, as my lion-hearted mother.”
“Although it may seem reasonable or less expensive to self-treat aesthetic concerns at home, by not seeking out the evaluation and treatment by a licensed physician and preferably a board certified plastic surgeon, the risks associated with self treatment and non-licensed practitioners is tremendous and can even be life threatening,” explains Alicia Moraitis, BSN, RN at Moraitis Plastic Surgery.
During her short life, Llanzon triumphed as a marathon runner, athlete, and boxer. Pla Cardenas warns others against performing dangerous, amateur breast augmentations at home. “Other people using Vaseline like this are putting themselves in danger,” the chief of surgery told an Argentine newspaper.