Janelle Edwards a Bronx mother has died from complications from plastic surgery operations from the Dominican Republic. Discount shops at what cost?
Janelle Edwards a 25 year old Bronx mother of two girls has died from complications from a series of plastic surgeries she had in the Dominican Republic.
Notice of the woman’s demise came after Edward’s parents found Janelle unconscious in her car on Bellamy Loop near Co-op City Blvd. in Co-op City at 8:10 p.m. Thursday.
Despite being rushed to nearby Montefore Medical Center’s Albert Einstein Hospital, where the woman ironically once worked, according to her Facebook page, Edwards pronounced dead half an hour later.
‘We found her in the car unresponsive,’ her mother Marjorie Edwards, 57, told via the nydailynews. ‘We don’t know what happened.’
An initial autopsy on Saturday was inconclusive as more tests were ordered, but a doctor told detectives that Edwards died of a blood clot caused her recent surgeries, police sources said.
Edward’s older sister Samantha Edwards believes the operations — breast enhancement, a tummy tuck and butt implants — which were performed in Santo Domingo, killed her sibling.
That said, the sister doesn’t believe her family has any legal recourse.
‘She was a very loving person,’ Edwards said via the nydailynews. ‘That’s how I want to remember my sister. She lived her life and God took her early.’
Of note, family members told of the single mom complaining of stomach and breast pain upon returned from her 1,500-mile trip.
That said, Edwards, according to family members appeared to show no signs of distress on the day she died.
‘Busy, busy, busy,‘ she posted on Facebook Thursday, roughly three hours before she died. ‘I must sleep good tonight.’
Edwards leaves behind two daughters — the oldest 7 years old, the youngest just 1 — family members said.
Quizzed on her daughter’s surgeries, Janelle’s mother refused answer reporter’s daughter’s questions.
‘I can only say kind words about her,’ the grief stricken mother said. ‘That’s all anyone can say about her.’
Neighbors said Edwards returned home about a month ago.
Told Elia Mayo, who lived next door to Edwards, ‘She was all wrapped in bandages and had an IV on a stand. She was in a lot of pain,’
Adding, ‘It’s such a shock,’
‘She was a nice girl. She had such good manners.’
Edwards’ death comes as more and more doctors are warning people about the dangers of getting plastic surgeries abroad.
Noted a recent report via time: ‘About 750,000 Americans travel abroad to receive medical care and plastic surgery every year, usually in hopes of cheaper rates. But a new report from U.S. health officials reveals that some Americans have contracted severe infections from getting plastic surgery—in foreign countries, highlighting the possible risks of medical tourism.
The report goes on to cite the Dominican Republic as a principal place of travel for Americans seeking discount plastic surgery, while noting the recent closure of ‘shops’ as complications arise.
‘I know the cheaper cost is tempting, but consider the risks,’ Dr. Susan Downey explained in a video posted on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website. ‘If any problems come up, you may have additional costs and no legal protection.’
‘Cosmetic surgery is real surgery and requires consultation, planning and follow up care best with a board certified surgeon,’ she said.
Taking long flights after surgery can also increase a patient’s risk of developing a pulmonary embolism and blood clots, the ASPS notes, encouraging patients to wait up to seven days after surgery to fly.
At present it is not necessarily understood what prompted the mother to take the risks she did, save for the speculation the mother may have been promised a bundle discount series of surgeries as she too aspired to the heightened expectations of female perfection. But at what cost?