A mother-daughter duo from Los Angeles has been arrested for performing an illegal plastic surgery that led to a woman’s death.
Karissa Rajpaul, 26, died after undergoing an unauthorized butt-implant procedure performed by Libby Adame and Alicia Galaz on Oct. 15, 2019, according to police.
Rajpaul’s cause of death has been ruled as a homicide due to acute cardiopulmonary dysfunction and intramuscular/intravascular silicone injections.
According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office, she died at the hospital on the same day the procedure was performed.
Investigators believe that, during the procedures, Adame and Galaz injected Rajpaul with substances used by qualified cosmetic physicians but combined them with dangerous chemicals. They also allegedly presented themselves as specialists — which was not the case.
“They were mixing them with chemicals and other substances that clearly are not appropriate for any medical procedure that would be performed on a human,” LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton told ABC7.
He added, “These individuals have no medical training. They’re not experienced and they’re putting people’s lives at risk.”
Rajpaul was a South African native who moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the adult film industry, according to authorities. Rajpaul posted a clip to social media showing her undergoing one of the augmentations, which is now part of authorities’ investigation.
Adame, 51, and Galaz, 23, were arrested on Aug. 5, 2021, jail records show and have both been charged with murder Adame was released on Aug. 6 on $1 million bond. Galaz was released one day later on Aug. 7, according to jail records.
Just last year, an aspiring surgeon performed an illegal castration on a man in a remote Oklahoma cabin. He has since been sentenced to a total of 12 years in jail.
Bob Lee Allen, 54, and his husband Thomas Evans Gates III were charged in 2020 for castrating a 28-year-old volunteer, who had connected with Allen on the castration forum Eunuch Maker, per Vice. The now-defunct forum was allegedly for people wanting castration services from unlicensed “cutters.”
The victim was not sedated during the two-hour procedure but was instead injected “”in the needed areas.” And according to an affidavit, the victim claimed he heard Allen say that he was going to eat the removed body parts.
Investigators who searched the cabin found some body parts in a plastic bag in a deep freezer in the cabin’s master bedroom.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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