Torres, 28, who went to into surgery for a second session of a treatment for gluteus augmentation at the Cuerpos Health & Asthetic Clinic–a center that a friend had recommended–died at 9:50 p.m. of a respiratory arrest.
Authorities are investigating the case as a homicide related to the treatment Torres received. Detectives from Miami-Dade and from the Florida Department of Health are looking for the alleged Venezuelan doctor who performed the treatment, whose identity has not been revealed.
The “business” belongs to Ruth Planas, and the Department of Health said that it only had a permit to function as a massage salon, contrary to its Facebook page that states the clinic has certified plastic surgeons.
Torres received her first treatment on April 1 at a cost of $1,500 cash. Her aunt, Fortunata Amparo López Cámara, accompanied her. A statement by López Cámara indicated that a man who introduced himself as a “Venezuelan doctor” injected an oily yellow substance with a plastic syringe into her niece’s buttocks. The alleged doctor, Torres’ parents said, never performed any previous tests. For the second treatment, which cost $800, Torres went back to the clinic alone on April 11 at 9 a.m. At about noon, when the treatment was finished, Torres said that she felt “dizzy,” according to Ruth Planas’ testimony to the authorities. The dizziness was so serious that Planas called an ambulance that transported Torres to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables. Suyima Torres died at 9:50 p.m. of a lung embolism.
Planas has not been charged with any crime as of yet, but authorities are looking for the Venezuelan doctor.