'Toxic tush' suspects plead not guilty in Florida court

The Miami HeraldDecember 20, 2011 

Two people accused of injecting a toxic mixture of “Fix-a-Flat” and Superglue to enhance women’s tushes were arraigned Monday on charges of practicing medicine without a license.

Oneal Ron Morris and Corey Alexander Eubank pleaded not guilty in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on the charges, which are second-degree felonies. Both suspects have been released after posting bonds.

Morris, 30, a transgender woman who goes by the name “Duchess,” was arrested in November, accused of duping a Miami Gardens woman into paying for six injections of a near-lethal formula of chemicals administered through a tube hooked to a cooler, according to police and state investigators.

Other victims came forward afterward. A second woman told police she, too, had had the same procedure with Morris.

Eubank, who coordinated the meetings between the victims and Morris, got a cut of the $700 to $900 fee.Both victims suffered serious illness and needed long-term treatment following the procedures. They eventually recovered, but had to endure home healthcare for months.The first woman, whose name is not being released because of medical privacy laws, went to three different hospitals before doctors finally figured out the cause of the mystery ailment that caused pneumonia-like symptoms and left large, infected welts on her backside.

Miami Gardens police finally caught up with the elusive “Duchess,’’ whose own backside is the size of a tire.

Investigators suspect she is part of an underground network of scam artists who have been offering “pumping parties” and home buttocks augmentations across South Florida for years.In some cases, the end result has been deadly.Vera Lawrence of Carol City died in March 2001 after too much silicone was injected in her buttocks during a “pumping party” at a Miramar home. The hosts of the party were not licensed physicians, and eventually were charged with Lawrence’s death.

The Miami Gardens woman is recovering.

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