Miami detectives have finally arrested a Venezuelan fugitive whom they suspect killed a 28-year-old woman by recklessly performing lethal buttock-enhancement injections. The man had been on the run for 3 years.
Police say a fraudster named Jose Alfredo Robusto, now age 43, falsely identified himself as a physician in 2013 while employed at a scam business which advertised itself as Cuerpos Health & Aesthetics, located on Flagler Street in Miami. The fake clinic, which was owned and operated by a woman named Ruth Planas, was closed for good by the Florida Health Department after a police raid. According to the health department, Cuerpos Health & Aesthetics was licensed as a simple massage parlor. It was never permitted to perform medical procedures of any kind.
According to its website, Cuerpos Health & Aesthetics was marketing itself as a clinic. The so-called health clinic offered “lipo without surgery,” “non-surgical facial lift,” and treatments for “anti-cellulite,” and “body toning.”
In 2013, Suyima Torres, age 28 and foolish beyond belief, fell for the scam and it killed her.
Ms. Torres, who assumed she was putting her life in the hands of medical professionals, paid the crooks $2,300 for multiple injections. Not long after the second injection, she stopped breathing as the result of a fat embolism dislodging from her injection site, gliding up her veins and lodging in her lungs. She was taken by ambulance to Coral Gables Doctors Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on the poor woman, Robusto had her lie semi-nude on an examination table, and proceeded to “inject a thick yellow goo in a large syringe,” into the woman’s buttocks.
The Dade County District Attorney charged Jose Robusto with Homicide and Practicing Medicine Without a License. He was arrested at Miami Airport after trying to re-enter the U.S.
The butt-lift idiocy just keeeeps ooon comin . . .
10 days ago, a 29-year-old West Virgina woman visiting Miami also died after undergoing a procedure – this one at a human chop shop called Encore Plastic Surgery in Hialeah Florida. Investigators said Heather Meadows suffered medical complications during the procedure. Meadows, who had a 6-year-old and a newborn, was rushed to a Hialeah Hospital Emergency and pronounced dead. CBS Miami reports Meadows was having a “Brazilian Butt Lift” done at Encore. The procedure involves liposuction, with the removed fat then injected into the buttocks. The medical examiner reported the woman’s death was caused by fat clots in the arteries of her lungs and heart. When the fat was injected, some of it flowed through her bloodstream to her heart and lungs.
According to Florida investigators, Encore clinic has ties to previous cosmetic-surgery related deaths. This particular butcher shop employs physicians who have routinely maimed patients. Many were discharged to recover with no follow-up care in local motels. In some appalling cases, patients with no better options were sent off to recover and sleep on bunks in horse stables.
State law enforcement have brought felony malpractice charges against rogue MDs who work at Encore Plastic Surgery in Hialeah, as well as two other health scam operations – Vanity Cosmetic Surgery and Spectrum Aesthetics in Miami. These operations are also known to use unlicensed employees for cosmetic surgical procedures.
Here’s another look at this particular American mind-bend: