FATAL BUTT-LIFT: Mom, daughter with 'no medical training' deny killing model in illegal procedure
Libby Adame, 52, and her daughter Alicia Galaz, 24, charged Rajpaul between $3,500-$4,000 for her procedure when a board-certified butt lift would have cost between $10K-$15K
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A mother and daughter from Los Angeles, accused of killing 26-year-old model and would-be porn actress, Karissa Rajpaul, have denied the charges. Rajpaul died in 2019 after an illegal Brazilian butt lift injection was administered to her.
At a hearing in a court in Los Angeles on September 19, - Libby Adame, 52, and her daughter Alicia Galaz, 24, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Rajpaul. The two are further sanctioned with three charges of practicing medicine without a license, based on their mugshots, which show that they are not strangers to plastic surgery and injectables themselves. In September 2019, the operation took place in a residence in the Los Angeles suburb of Encino after Adame and Galaz allegedly said they would only accept cash. But both the ladies lacked the necessary medical education to perform the procedure. According to NBC4, Adame and Galaz charged Rajpaul between $3,500 and $4,000 for her procedure when a board-certified butt lift would have cost her between $10,000 and $15,000.
On October 15, 2019, Rajpaul, 26, underwent three different procedures before she suffered three heart attacks and died. The mother and daughter allegedly called 911 and left the scene after problems during Rajpaul's operation, allowing the victim to perish from the attack. “The suspects fled the scene without identifying or informing the paramedics of the cosmetic procedure for proper life-saving protocols to be initiated. As a result, the victim died in an emergency room with tending physicians unaware of the silicone injection,” said the police in a statement.
Rajpaul's death was deemed a homicide, according to the police. She died from intramuscular/intravascular silicone injections and severe cardiac failure. Despite the fact that Adame and Galaz are presently free on bail, they must return to court on November 3 for a hearing to assess if there is sufficient proof to proceed to trial. As per the police, Adame and Galaz lacked all necessary training and authorization for these tasks. “These individuals have no medical training,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton as reported by Daily Mail. “They're not experienced and they're putting people's lives at risk.” Authorities are concerned that more people may fall prey to these illegal operations, which are advertised as low-cost, cash-only treatments on social media.
“As we looked into this investigation, we did find that it is occurring a lot,” Detective Bob Dinlocker told the portal. “The internet is filled with these horror stories where they're cutting the medical grade silicone with the stuff that you would caulk your windows with.” Dinlocker continues by pointing out that some of the chemicals can harm your heart, brain or kidneys while not even being designed for human usage. The detective said that Adame and Galaz would transport materials to homes, particularly so that medical operations could be carried out there.
“I have seen patients like this,” Board Certified Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr AJ Khalil told Daily Mail. He says injecting liquified silicon into the buttocks is not only illegal but that it can be deadly too. “There are implants that go in the buttocks but they're solid,” Khalil says, adding that even those types of implants aren't a common practice. But as for injecting liquified silicon – which he says is often mixed with motor oil – is against the law. Detective Dinlocker claims that if something went wrong, the suspects would vanish, leaving paramedics to respond to an unidentified medical problem.