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Delma Pineda flew from San Francisco to Miami to undergo a series of plastic surgery procedures. A day after going under the knife, the mother of two was dead.
The 44-year-old medical assistant and longtime San Franciscan received a breast lift and augmentation, tummy tuck and liposuction treatment on March 5 at CG Cosmetic Surgery, her ex-husband told NBC 6.
Shortly after surgery, Pineda reported feeling intense pain. She collapsed at 4 a.m. in her friend’s home, and died 12 hours later at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The ex-husband, who wished to remain anonymous, said Pineda had swelling in her brain and suffered a stroke that later spurred a heart attack. An official cause of death has yet to be determined.
Danny Simon, a lawyer for CG Cosmetic, said in a statement to el Nuevo Herald: “It is our preliminary understanding that the events giving rise to this incident are unrelated to CG Cosmetic’s services.”
Records obtained by the Miami Herald indicate that CG Cosmetic has ties to an establishment previously called Coral Gables Cosmetic Surgery. An 18-year-old woman ended up in a coma and later died after a breast augmentation at Coral Gables in 2013. Both clinics are reportedly owned by Guiribitey Cosmetic & Beauty Institute.
Eight patients have died after undergoing liposuction at a South Florida cosmetic surgery clinic since May 2016, the Miami Herald reported. Almost all of the patients were out-of-staters, “lured to South Florida with the promise of inexpensive plastic surgery,” the newspaper said.
Pineda grew up in El Salvador and lived in San Francisco for two decades. She is the mother of two sons, ages 4 and 17, according to a GoFundMe page. The younger son accompanied his mom on her trip to Miami, where she was visiting with an old friend.
Funeral services will be held Friday in El Cerrito.