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A roller coaster ride.
That’s how Rose Bumphus describes the last few weeks of her life.
Her daughter, Dawn, traveled from Kentucky to Miami last month for a popular cosmetic procedure.
Dawn, 35, is now in the intensive care unit of a local hospital.
“It breaks my heart to see my baby like that, and knowing she shouldn’t be, she shouldn’t be,” Bumphus said while fighting back tears.
Bumphus says her daughter underwent a Brazilian butt lift – a procedure in which a doctor removes fat from unwanted places and injects the fat into a patient’s back side to make it fuller and rounder.
Bumphus says Dr. Harry Intsiful, a board certified plastic surgeon, performed the surgery at the New Life Plastic Surgery clinic in Miami on July 23.
Two days later, she says her daughter was rushed to the hospital, where she has been since.
“That’s my baby lying there,” she said. “She’s on life support. She’s on dialysis.”
Bumphus says the hospital told her that Dawn’s intestines had been punctured during the procedure.
Studies have shown women can die or be injured if the doctors tools are injected too deep in the body.
The NBC 6 Investigators have reported on the deaths of more than a dozen women who died after undergoing a Brazilian butt lift. The surgeries were done by different doctors at different clinics.
At least a half dozen others have been hospitalized with life-threatening complications.
A series of NBC 6 investigations helped lead to a new law in Florida that goes into effect next year aimed at making plastic surgery safer. It will allow the state to immediately suspend a doctor’s license in the case of serious injury or death.
Also, the Florida Medical Board passed an emergency rule prohibiting doctors from injecting fat too deep under the surface of a patient’s skin, into the muscle. That rule went into effect July 27, after Dawn Bumphus’ surgery.
“This is not a complication, this is a procedure gone wrong,” she said.
Her daughter remains in the hospital fighting for her life.
“We still don’t know if she’s going to make it or not, but I am praying that she makes it, that’s my baby,” she said.
New Life Plastic Surgery wouldn’t discuss details of the case but sent a statement that they are cooperating with the patient and her family. They went on to say they’re monitoring Dawn’s progress and “conducting its own internal assessment of the surrounding facts and circumstances.”
Dr. Intsiful didn’t respond to our multiple requests for comment.