23-year-old woman dies four days after hip surgery in Lagos

Destiny Benjamin

Destiny Benjamin, a young 23-year-old woman, tragically passed away just four days after undergoing a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery at Cynosure Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Lagos. This news has been making rounds on various social media platforms, which have been awash with a viral video of the procedure since her death.

Dr. Ogbe Omoruyi, who owns and runs Cynosure Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, confirmed the surgery and addressed the allegations that the young woman passed away during the procedure. He clarified that Benjamin underwent the surgery on March 8th, and everything went well during the procedure.

However, he added that she had complained of difficulty in breathing after the surgery, and the clinic referred her to the Genesis Specialists Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos, where she subsequently passed away.

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Dr. Omoruyi, who is also a plastic surgeon, further explained that the deceased was 23 years old, not 20 as previously reported. He also stated that after the surgery, Benjamin appeared to be in good health and was moving around the clinic compound with her cousin, Sunset, just two days later. However, things took a turn for the worse when she started experiencing breathing difficulty.

“We placed her on oxygen and stabilized her before referring her to an intensive care unit, which is 10 minutes away from our facility,” Omoruyi said. “Unfortunately, as we all know, surgery has its own risk, and if you ask any professional doctor or surgeon who knows about life consumptions and tractions, it is easy to think that she could have fat embolism or clot embolism, but she had difficulty breathing.”

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To ascertain the cause of Benjamin’s death, a crucial test called CT Pulmonary Angiogram was conducted to detect any clot within the pulmonary system, but the results showed that she didn’t have an embolism.

However, an autopsy hasn’t been conducted as yet, and it’s unclear if the family will give their consent to do so. On the other hand, the Lagos Police Command spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, clarified that they have not received any report about the incident from the family.

Contrary to the social media reports claiming that the medical clinic had recorded five deaths in a year, Dr. Omoruyi clarified that only two deaths had occurred at the clinic – one in 2018 and the other in 2021, which can be verified with the local government since all local governments have primary health centers where practitioners give reports on the death toll.

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Although the news of Benjamin’s death has been heartbreaking, the details surrounding the incident and her unfortunate passing are still being investigated.

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