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A Trip To Tijuana For Cosmetic Surgery Ends In Tragedy For 1 Calif. Woman

An April 29, 2021, screenshot of the Facebook group,

Photo by KPBS Staff

Above: An April 29, 2021, screenshot of the Facebook group, "Botched by Baez in Tijuana," which has 997 followers, was created in response to problems people had after visiting Art Siluette Aesthetic Surgery in Tijuana, a cosmetic surgery clinic run by Dr. Jesús Manuel Báez López.

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People have long traveled across the border to save thousands of dollars on medical procedures including cosmetic surgery. Which is an industry that’s seeing a boom.
But one California woman, ... Read more →

Aired: April 29, 2021 | Transcript

People have long traveled across the border to save thousands of dollars on medical procedures, including cosmetic surgery — which is currently seeing a boom.

But one California woman, Keuana Weaver, died on the operating table after crossing into Tijuana for a cosmetic procedure in January.

Photo credit: Kinsee Morlan

Renee Weaver, the mother of the woman who died, is seen here in white at her daughter’s funeral, on March 27 in Pomona, California. Her daughter, Keuana Weaver, died Jan. 29 at a clinic in Tijuana where she went to get cosmetic surgery.

Two others had to be rushed to the hospital with life-threatening complications and are still recovering.

All three of these women had procedures done at the same clinic by Dr. Jesús Manuel Báez López.

RELATED: Port Of Entry Podcast: Medical Tourists Aren’t Always Crossing The Border To Save Money

As Wendy Fry, with The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Watchdog and Accountability Team reports, López is not actually a plastic surgeon, and there’s little oversight in Mexico to stop him.

Fry joined Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the tragic case.

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