Catherine Cando, a 19-year-old medical student and part-time model, died while undergoing liposuction, a free procedure she won after being crowned in a local Ecuadoran beauty competition.
Cando won the Queen of Duran beauty contest in her native country last October and won many prizes, including a new Aveo car 2015, a smart tablet, and a free course of cosmetic surgery treatment. Watch a video of her winning the crown.
According to MailOnline.com, the young woman didn’t really want to do the treatment and was going to exercise to lose weight, but she was reportedly convinced by the surgeon to undergo the procedure.
Her brother, Daniel Zavala, told local media, “Before having the surgery, she received a lot of calls from the surgeon trying to persuade her to do it, but she kept saying no. She was thinking about letting someone else have it as a freebie, but eventually she agreed to have it just get him off her back.”
According to Ecuadorian newspaper El Telegrafo (via MailOnline.com), she underwent the procedure at a private clinic and died January 10.
A lawyer spoke with the newspaper, stating, “I was told she had died of a brain oedema. But the clinic staff told her relatives that she had died of a cardiac arrest. I have ordered cytological and pathological examinations to find out what exactly happened… the doctors in question have been arrested to prevent them from leaving the county.”