The husband of a 36-year-old Long Beach woman who died while having a cosmetic treatment to augment her buttocks is suing the salon where the procedure took place, as well as a massage therapist who allegedly performed the procedure without being licensed to do so.

Carlos Garcia filed the wrongful death suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Areli’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon in Long Beach as well as Sandra Perez Gonzalez, who allegedly was unlicensed to perform medical or cosmetic procedures.

Neither Gonzalez nor a representative for the salon could be immediately reached for comment on the suit filed Friday on behalf of Garcia and the couple’s son, 5-year-old Kharloz Kaleb Garcia.

The suit states that Garcia’s wife, Hamilet Suarez, went to the salon last Feb. 12 and was injected with “controlled substances” by Gonzalez in a room the massage therapist rented at the salon to perform her advertised “vampire facelift” services, in which a patient’s own blood is re-injected into areas of the skin to treat wrinkles or augment certain parts of the body.

Garcia received a call about 11 a.m. that his wife was feeling ill and a 911 call was made on her behalf, the suit states. Suarez was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital and suffered cardiac arrest, according to her husband.

Although the hospital staff performed CPR on Suarez, she did not have a pulse and died before her husband arrived, the suit says.

Suarez was healthy before the procedure, according to the lawsuit.

Medical equipment and multiple vials of substances used for facelift and augmentation procedures were found in Gonzalez’s room at the salon, according to the lawsuit.

The salon’s owner knew Gonzalez was performing improper procedures at the salon for about a month before Suarez’s death and did nothing to stop her, the suit alleges.

City News Service

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