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Transgender Woman Accused of Injecting "Fix-a-Flat" in Patient’s Buttocks

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday Nov 22, 2011
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A number of individuals are alleging that a transgender woman gave them toxic injections that caused life-threatening injuries. The "doctor" was recently arrested for injecting a number of substances into women’s buttocks, NBC Miami reported in a Nov. 22 article.

Oneal Ron Morris, 30, has been charged with practicing medicine without a license and with inflicting serious bodily injury. The Miami Gardens Police and the Florida Department of Health investigated the incident and allege that in 2010 Morris injected a woman’s buttocks with "household and automotive products," including mineral oil, cement and "Fix-a-Flat."

According to Jennifer Hirst, DOH deputy press secretary, the injections caused the woman to visit the hospital several times for life-threatening injuries and required her to have surgery. She also required the care of 24-hour home health aids.

The arrest report claims the victim went to a Miami Gardens home to meet Morris. She paid Morris $700 for six injections "in each buttock to improve its shape and cosmetic" appearance.

The victim found the injections to be extremely painful and could only stand to receive half of the treatment. After a few hours, she began to feel ill.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant after the initial investigation but Morris was difficult to locate as she was listed under several addresses in different cities in Florida. It took officials nearly a year to track down the faux doctor.

Hirst also says because the story has gained media attention, many other possible victims are claiming that Morris gave them similar injections and that they also had life-threatening injuries. She suggested there may be more arrests in the case.

Police say that Morris was born a man but identifies as a woman and has performed the same surgery on herself, the Huffington Post reported. Additionally, authorities said that Morris may be part of an underground plastic surgery ring.

Larger buttocks are especially prized in the Hispanic community, as are those who prey on women who want them, but can’t afford expensive plastic surgery.

Among other cases, in January, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic was arrested in New York City and charged with performing buttock-enhancement operations in her apartment, Reuters reported. Whalesca Castillo injected liquid silicone, which the Food and Drug Administration prohibits for cosmetic use.

The very next month, the Daily Mail (U.K.) reported that Claudia Aderotimi died after flying to the United States for an injection of liquid silicone. The British dancer "believed a ’bigger booty’ would help in her quest to appear in more music videos," the national newspaper reported.

"The illusion of a larger backside has become increasingly more fashionable among young women since the rise of the ’Hip Hop Honey’ phenomenon," the paper reported. "A bigger behind has become almost a prerequisite for any aspiring dancer wanting to make it on the music video scene."

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