While we often share horror stories about the injuries caused by medical malpractice, a growing number of patients have been harmed or killed in recent years by individuals who practice medicine illegally without a license. This is especially common with cosmetic surgery.
A 34-year-old New Jersey woman has been accused of causing the death of a 22-year-old man by injecting silicone into his penis. Prosecutors in Essex County have charged the woman with manslaughter and practicing medicine without a license.
The young man died in May of this year from a silicone embolism in his lungs. He died shortly after receiving the penile injection, which he apparently sought as a way to make his penis larger. He left behind two young sons.
According to police, the defendant has no medical training but was likely running an illegal cosmetic surgery business out of her apartment in East Orange. She was allegedly advertising in local bars by handing out business cards promising to “enhance your beauty.”
Police as well as the young man’s parents have urged any other potential victims to come forward. The assistant prosecutor for Essex County said: “A lot of times people are embarrassed to talk about this, but we are not looking to humiliate people but we need to know about this because there’s a health risk.”
While criminal charges have been filed, the victim’s parents may also wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman. Just because a “doctor” is unlicensed, they can still be held liable when they injure or kill someone with negligent and irresponsible actions.