23-years-old Lagos lady dies after hip surgery

A 23-year-old girl, Destiny Benjamin, has been reported dead four days after undergoing a butt surgery, popularly known as Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) at a hospital in Lagos State.

MOUTHPIECE NGR reports that the video of the procedure at Cynosure Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has since gone viral on various social media platforms following her death.

Confirming the development in a chat with Vanguard, the owner of Cynosure Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr Ogbe Omoruyi, denied the allegation that the lady died in the hospital during the surgery.

Omoruyi explained that the deceased underwent the surgery on 8th, March 2023, which he said went well, and had complained of difficulty in breathing a few days later.

The Plastic surgeon said the deceased was placed on oxygen and was stabilized before she was referred to an Intensive care unit, which is 10 minutes away from its facility.

Omoruyi also disclosed that the patient was referred to the Genesis Specialists hospital, Ikeja GRA, Lagos State, where she gave up the ghost.

He said: “She is a 23-years old girl according to what she wrote on the document. She had surgery and after that, she was fine, her surgery went well. I can show you our case note to show that everything was fine, however, after days, she was having difficulty breathing. We placed her on oxygen and she was stabilised before we referred her to an Intensive care unit, which is 10 minutes away from our facility.

“Unfortunately as we all know, surgery has its own risk, and if you ask any professional doctor or surgeon who knows about life consumptions and tractions, it is very easy to think that she could have fat embolism or clot embolism, but she has difficulty breathing.

“A very important investigation was done, and that was how the investigation was called CT pulmonary angiogram this can detect any clot that is present within the pulmonary system unfortunately, she suffered this condition but she was not pulmonary assort and that makes us begin to wonder what it could have been, because from the findings of the investigation, a different diagnosis was raised after the embolism, and the results came out based after she did the test.

The test was done in the facility where she was referred to, when she got there and went for the test, the investigation was done and the report, I didn’t even get to know about the report. It was done at a different facility, however, we maintained a relationship with the facility and when I was informed and showed the results, it was said that she didn’t have an embolism.

“Her cousin, Sunset, was with her after her surgery. They went around because they were together. She came here to see her and they took pictures together, moving around the clinic compound two days later. This is to let you know that she was fine after the surgery.

“However or unfortunately, an autopsy hasn’t been done; I don’t know if the family is going to consent to that, I mean the autopsy to see the exact cause of her death.

Contrary to social media reports that the medical clinic recorded five deaths in a year, Ogbe said only two deaths have been recorded in the clinic, noting that it happened in the year 2018 and 2021.

He said: “This can be verified under the Local Government because all Local governments have Primary Health centers where practitioners give reports on the death toll. So, we have only two recorded deaths.”

Reacting to the development, the Lagos State spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, said he was not aware of the incident.

He said: “To the best of my knowledge, I am not aware of the incident, the families of the bereaved have neither reported to the police authority.”

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