How far some women would go to to achieve a firmer, curvier behind? And to what extent can some of them be fooled by someone who wants to exploit their desire for sexier behind and earn big from it?
A fake Florida doctor was charged with manslaughter and for practicing medicine without a license in the summer of 2012. She pleaded no contest to both charges last month. A judge sentenced the fake doctor this week to 10 years in prison and five years of probation for her crimes.
Oneal Ron Morris, 36, is called by her patients as "Duchess". Various women who wanted curvier figures but could not afford the high costs of normal cosmetic surgery came to Morris mostly to enhance their buttocks. Morris had been accused, however, of injecting a toxic mixture of substances into her patients' behinds.
Investigators found out that Morris injected silicon, mineral oil, Fix-a-Flat tire sealant, cement and SuperGlue to her unknowing victims.
One patient made her complaint from inside a prison and wrote a letter to the state's health department complaining about her cosmetically-enhanced buttocks made by Morris. The victim, Shatarka Nuby, complained that her behind has hardened and turned black. She also feared about the side effects of her years-old injections as she was feeling sick about it. Nuby wrote her letter after Morris was arrested for the same complaints from her other victims.
Officials acted on Nuby's complaint and interviewed her. She died just four months after the investigations started. The official cause of her death points to respiratory failure from "massive silicon migration" from injections to Nuby's buttocks and hips.
Nuby's mother, Sherri Pitts, condemned her daughter's death. She said her daughter suffered so much for eighteen months without knowing the full extent of what was put on her body. She described her daughter's death as inhuman.
Nuby's family members were emotional when they attended the hearing. They wished the judge gave Morris a life sentence instead. Other alleged victims also attended the hearing. They told the judge that they also became sick after Morris injected them with what they thought was medical-grade silicone. The victims said that Morris made them believe in the start that she was using A-1 safe products.
Morris injected Nuby 10 times between the years 2007 and 2011. The first procedure alone cost Nuby $2,000.
Morris' defense lawyer , William Lanphear, on the other hand, said he disagree with the sentence given to his client. He argued that Morris' patients knew in the first place that they were not dealing with a real doctor. He said all parties- Morris and her victims- should share the responsibilities and the blame for their own actions. He pointed out that there was an assumption of risk obligation from the victims.
Morris, a transgender, was ordered to serve her prison sentence in a men's facility, regardless kf she identifies as a woman.