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Maryland Woman Dies After Basement Butt Injection

'Doctor' fled scene instead of calling 911 as victim gurgled
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2015 12:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Driving across state lines with one's mother in tow in hopes of having an unlicensed stranger inject silicone in your butt in said stranger's basement apartment was never going to end well, but it ended fatally Saturday for a Maryland woman, NYPD sources tell WUSA. Kelly Mayhew immediately began to gurgle and struggled to breathe after the unnamed suspect injected her in the Queens apartment, Mayhew's mother told cops, per the New York Daily News. Mayhew's mom screamed for the woman to call 911—police say there's "no indication" she was licensed—but she instead ran off. Mayhew's mom called 911 herself, but the 34-year-old later died at the hospital.

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Her mom says Mayhew was healthy and had had five previous injections. An initial autopsy proved inconclusive, notes the Daily News, and a rep for the ME says they're doing "additional studies." Police are still looking for the suspect; the landlord of the building in Queens says she wasn't the apartment's tenant. "I suspected something was going on, but I didn't know what it was," she says. Adds a neighbor: "I was in complete shock when I heard about how the lady died. I had no idea something like that was going on." (This woman, meanwhile, touted herself as the "Michelangelo of butt injections.")

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