A Flushing woman was caught allegedly performing an unlicensed and dangerous cosmetic procedure after a “buttocks enhancement” sent her victim to the hospital three times.
“The defendant allegedly exploited the vanity of her customer by pretending to be qualified to perform a procedure that in fact may only legally be performed in New York State by a licensed medical professional,” said District Attorney Richard Brown. “This is a serious crime that could have had fatal consequences for the victim had she not sought legitimate medical assistance. Even doing so, she remains in a potentially life-threatening condition.”
Authorities charged Liliana Coello, 39, of 42-29 157 St., with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, unauthorized practice of a profession and criminal possession of a weapon last Thursday, Dec. 20. She was held on $75,000 bail and ordered back to court on Jan. 2, 2013.
Coello allegedly offered an unnamed 40-year-old woman a buttocks enhancement procedure for $2,500. The defendant claimed she had performed the procedure many times before.
The procedure allegedly involved an injection, with a large needle, of what Coello called “expandable cells.” It was administered on Nov. 3. The victim was instructed to knead her buttocks to distribute the substance. She was given a girdle and told the pain would subside in a few days.
The victim allegedly returned four days later, complaining of persistent pain and leakage. Coello allegedly injected her with penicillin, then tried to stop the leaking areas with Krazy Glue two days later.
The victim, unhealed and facing worsening problems, was admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital with an infection of her posterior.
She was treated, released and readmitted twice again for chronic issues that were not going away.
The doctors allegedly found the victim’s whole body was having a negative reaction to the injected substance, which was spreading from within, causing constant pain.
The victim’s doctors allege she could face immediate and long-term health issues as a result, including gangrene, diminished blood flow to the legs, and infections that could require life-long treatment.
Coello could face up to seven years in prison if found guilty.