by Tutu Akinlabi
A woman had her face and lips ruined after a fake plastic surgeon injected “cement” like filler into her skin.
46-year-old Rajee Narinesingh, who was born a man, felt like her life had ended after the surgery left her looking like a freak.
The fake doctor, Oneal Ron Morris, was imprisoned after the failed surgery and Rajee has now had corrective surgery to fix the mistakes.
The Mirror reports:
A woman whose face and body were ruined by a bogus plastic surgeon says she can date again after the botched surgery was fixed.
Rajee says she now has advances from 75 men a month after years of being too embarrassed to face dating.
Her face was left “as hard as rock” when she had concrete-like filler pumped into her cheeks and lips.
Oneal Ron Morris, 32, who carried out the original operation, was jailed for a year in January after admitting one count of practicing healthcare without a licence.
Rajee, who was born a man, also had surgery on her breasts and buttocks which has had to be repaired.
She said: “For years I was too ashamed and embarrassed to face dating.
“Now I’m feeling more confident and with a good bit of makeup I can achieve somewhat of an exotic look.
“Recently this guy said that being with me is like being with a sexy dragon. I didn’t know whether to slap him or kiss him.”
Rajee is given monthly softening injections and laser therapy by Dr John Martin of Coral Gables Cosmetic Reconstructive Surgery, Miami.
This has helped reduce the size of the nodules on her face. She has grown in confidence and is now a regular on the Miami dating scene and claims she is flooded with romantic requests online.
She said: “A lot of the men I date are straight and so they like to do a lot of dating under the radar.
“That can be really hard to deal with. But now my confidence is up I feel like I could meet a boyfriend or a husband who loves me for who I am.
“I definitely deserve more than just the 3am knock on the window.”
Rajee, who had been too ’embarrassed and ashamed’ to go to the authorities, says she paid just £60-a-session to Morris for the life-changing injections in 2005.
She said: “The last thing I wanted was to look like a man in a dress. I wanted to be a beautiful woman.
“If you really want to live your authentic self as a woman you need to do some sort of face and body reconstruction.
“So I made the choice to get injections done. In our community it is called ‘pumping’.”
“When it finally came to the day, I was more excited than nervous because I was finally going to be the woman I had always wanted to be.
“There was a room that she had set up where she did a lot of medical procedures.
“It appeared to be pretty sterile. It was like an extra bedroom that she had turned into a clinical area and I would go in and pay the money.
“I got injections in my face and my hips and my buttocks and initially I was fine. But then the nightmare started.
“It first felt like a huge boil on the side of my face and then it kept getting bigger and bigger as the day went along.
“It got really painful and then suddenly green pus exploded out of my face and onto the mirror. It was green and yellow and mixed with blood. It was terrible.
She added: “Sometimes I wake up in bed in the middle of the night and I ask myself: ‘What have you done?’
“My message to anyone that would consider doing what I did is don’t do it. Do not do it. You could die or you could end up like me: disfigured.”
Rajee, who spent a total of $3,000 over 10 months on the injections, spent years in solitude suffering from post-traumatic stress, depression and agoraphobia.
But her life was soon changed when two years later a friend referred her to Dr Martin, who offered to help her for free.
He said: “The progress Rajee is having is actually much better than I had ever hoped or expected.
“We thought that the nodules would probably just soften up a little bit – but there are now some areas on her face where they actually seem to have gone away.
“The future for Rajee’s face is much more positive but I worry about the inflammation in the rest of her body.
“She has had a a really large volume of substance injected into both her breasts and buttocks and we’re not quite sure what it is.”
He added: “This sort of black-market surgery is probably the worst thing you could do. You’re lucky if you just develop nodules. Other people have lost limbs or even died.”