A seemingly harmless cosmetic procedure turned deadly for a Bronx woman. She died one day after receiving silicone injections in her thighs, allegedly administered by someone without a medical license.
Fiordaliza Pichardo's husband never thought she needed silicone injections to make her more attractive and would often tell her:
"'Hey, why you do that? Stop doing that.' She'd tell me, 'Oh let me do this a little bit,'" Fausto Rodriguez told CBS 2 HD.
And the 43-year old tried to keep her injections secret, especially since they were allegedly being administered by her unlicensed friend, Elsa Then.
"She trusted this lady so health-wise, no worries," said Kelvin Rodriguez, the victim's son.
But the worries became real on March 16 when the family says the woman then paid a visit.
"I seen the lady and her preparing. What I saw was the towel," Kelvin Rodriguez said.
Mother and friend went to the bedroom, where behind closed doors, another injection, this one to the thigh, took place. But then hours later something started to happen to Pichardo.
"She told me she got problems with her chest, breathing and then she told me she wanted to go the hospital," Fausto Rodriguez said.
Pichardo was rushed to the hospital but died the next morning of what the medical examiner's officer said was a silicone pulmonary embolism, caused by so much silicone injected that it was clotting in her lungs.
CBS 2 HDÂ caught up with Elsa Then, who told us she's a cosmetologist and that she was questioned by police. When asked if she does silicone injections, she said, "No, never."
CBS 2 HD: "You're telling me you never injected this woman, in the thighs, in the buttocks?"
Then: "Yes, I never did."
Then admitted to knowing Pichardo and even visiting her in the hospital, a place where the family says Then could have told doctors about the injection, but never did.
"She didn't say anything, at all," daughter Marines Rodriguez said. "I'm positive. The doctors had no idea."
The family admits it, too, didn't tell doctors about the silicone injection because they didn't think there was any connection.
Now the connection is all too real -- a silicone injection turning so tragic.
"We're missing one person. Nobody can replace that hole," Fausto Rodriguez said.
Police said so far no arrests have been made, but they are investigating.
Well, if she was giving injections without a license she is gonna be in trouble.Â I don't know what the exact charge is to be unlicensed and kill someone during the procedure, but I'm sure it's severe.Â I'm sure this kind of stuff goes on a lot in big cities like New York.