Woman dies after undergoing cosmetic surgery at SW Miami-Dade clinic

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A grieving family is demanding answers after, police said, a woman died after she underwent cosmetic surgery at a clinic in Southwest Miami-Dade.

Loved ones remained angry and frustrated hours after 28-year-old Danea Plasencia was pronounced dead at Baptist Hospital of Miami, Friday morning.

“They say that, ‘We don’t know, we don’t know,’ but it’s exactly what they say every time: ‘We don’t know, we don’t know,'” said Marcio C. Ferez, the woman’s grandfather. “They know! They have to know!”

“All we know is that she went into surgery, and she’s no longer here with us, and she was perfectly fine this morning,” said Jennifer Perez, the patient’s cousin.

Family members said Plasencia had checked into Mia Aesthetics, located in the area of Southwest 72nd Street and 93rd Avenue, for a Brazilian butt lift.

“Moving some fat from the abdomen to the hips, which she really didn’t need,” said Ferez. “I am opposed to these types of surgeries.”

Ferez, who is also a doctor, said all he knows is that his granddaughter had a serious medical emergency after the hour-long procedure.

“She went blue. She turned blue. She had something really, catastrophic going on,” said Ferez.

Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to clinic just before 11:15 a.m.

Paramedics rushed Plasencia to the hospital. When they arrived to the hospital, family members said they were told she had passed away.

Plasencia’s family said she was a single mother who leaves behind two boys and a girl, ages 9, 4 and 1 and a half.

“She was beautiful, and she really didn’t need this,” said Perez, “but she was a mom, she was a daughter, she was a granddaughter, she was a cousin. She was happy, she was very vibrant. I just saw her two days ago.”

Friday night, a spokesperson for Mia Aesthetics released a statement to 7News that reads:

“We are deeply saddened to share that an incident occurred at our Miami clinic today resulting in the tragic loss of one of our patients during a surgical procedure. Our condolences, love and support go out to her family during this difficult time.

Throughout our years of operations and thousands of procedures performed, this is the first and only fatality we have endured. Our team is devastated by this tragedy and feels that each and every one of our patients is part of our family. We strive to provide the most advanced plastic surgery treatment for our patients. Each of our surgeons is board-certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and we are constantly evaluating our practices to ensure our patients receive the safest and best care. Despite these practices, serious surgery comes with the risk of rare, unintended and tragic results.

We are fully dedicated to investigating why today’s tragedy occurred. We will be fully transparent with our patients and with the public as more details emerge.”

“It has been complete shock. All we have gotten is, ‘We don’t know. The autopsy has to say what happened,'” said Perez.

The Miami-Dade Police Homicide Bureau is investigating. Officials said the cause of death won’t be released until the autopsy has been completed.

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