- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) - The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office says fat clots clogged the arteries of a 29-year-old West Virginia woman who died following cosmetic surgery at a Hialeah clinic.

The medical examiner’s director of operations Darren Caparara says the fat clots caused Heather Meadows’ organs to fail May 12 after undergoing a procedure known as a Brazilian butt-lift at Encore Plastic Surgery. The mother of two was rushed to an emergency room, where she died.

The Miami Herald (https://hrld.us/1rR5BLa ) reports the medical examiner’s report listed complications from lipid transfer as a secondary cause of death, indicating that the fat particles that killed Meadows likely entered her bloodstream through a vein during a fat transfer procedure. During a fat transfer, doctors perform liposuction of the torso, then inject the fat into the buttocks area.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com

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