Harlem Woman Dies After Buttock Surgery (Update)

This is an update to an article Harlem Woman Killed By Botched Butt Injection posted earlier in the week:

A Harlem mom who underwent buttock enhancement surgery died 13 days later — and her livid family is calling it murder.

Latesha Bynum’s family and lawyer said she went to a shady clinic on July 15, 2017, to get silicone injections from someone claiming to be a doctor.

Those injections cost the 31-year-old mom of two her life, her family said.

“My daughter was murdered,” Bertie Bynum, 51, Latesha’s distraught mother, told the Daily News on Monday.

“I want to know: Why did they kill my baby? Why did they do that. They wasn’t supposed to do that.”

She added, “You killed a mother, you killed a sister!”

Police provided only scant details about the office where Bynum got her injections on July 15.

Cop sources said she received the procedure in a residential building on E. 21st St. by First Ave., across the street from Stuyvesant Town, but didn’t provide the name of a medical clinic or a doctor.

Bynum received her injections at 1 p.m., sources said. At 11 p.m. that night, she called 911 from home, after she felt dizzy and started feeling chest pains, sources said.

Medics rushed her to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Medical Center, where doctors declared her brain-dead.

On Thursday — just three days before her 32nd birthday — doctors removed her from life support, and she was declared dead, sources said.

Police are still investigating what happened, and are awaiting autopsy results from the city medical examiner’s office, authorities said.

Her cause of death has not been determined, pending further tests, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner said Tuesday.

Bynum’s family was more sure — they called it murder.

Her brother, Tymel Bynum, 26, said her feet turned blue after the procedure, and she was placed in the shower twice at the clinic where she received the injection before being sent home.


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