Dying For A Butt

In Philadelphia yesterday, a woman named Padge-Victoria Windslowe was convicted of third-degree murder.  Her crime was injecting nearly a half gallon of industrial grade silicon, cut with saline in a home blender, into the buttocks of a 20-year-old British woman named Claudia Aderotimi.  Aderotimi’s heart stopped, and she died.

Windslowe, who has no formal medical training, called herself the “Michelangelo of buttocks injections.”   According to Windslowe, she performed underground “body-sculpting” operations on thousands of woman who wanted larger butts or smoother foreheads or plumper cheeks.  The women paid $1,000 to $2,500 for these “treatments.”  Trial testimony said that Windslowe would arrive at hotel rooms and “pumping parties” with a bottle filled with silicon, needles and syringes, and Krazy Glue to close the wounds her injections left.  One of those injections killed Aderotimi.

Medical charlatans are as old as medicine itself, and for every quack who claims to have discovered a magic elixir or a miracle cure there will be desperate people who want to believe and are willing to drink, eat, or do just about anything in furtherance of their belief.  And Windslowe was not alone; news reports say that black-market buttocks injections are becoming more popular, and they are causing other health problems, including infections, disfigurement, liver and kidney problems, and the death of a woman in Texas.

It’s tremendously sad, isn’t it?  Can it really be that so many women have such devastating body image issues that they would willingly travel to anonymous hotel rooms and pay thousands of dollars for injections of unknown substances by unknown people armed with needles, quarts of silicon and other materials, and Krazy Glue?  Since when did having a bigger butt become worth those kinds of absurd risks?