Unlicensed Texas ‘beauty consultant’ is charged with manslaughter ‘after giving woman, 38, lethal dose of silicone injections in her butt’
- Lisa Fernandez, 47, charged with manslaughter in April 2018 death of Marja McClendon
- McClendon, 38, died after receiving two rounds of silicone butt injections from Fernandez, who prosecutors say was unlicensed to perform the procedures
- Court records allege McClendon left Fernandez’ home coughing up blood and struggling for breath after the second appointment
- Autopsy found McClendon died of complications associated with silicone pulmonary embolism
An unlicensed beauty consultant from Texas has been charged with manslaughter for allegedly administering silicone butt injections to a female client, which prosecutors say resulted in her death more than three years ago.
Lisa Fernandez, 47, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the April 2018 death of 38-year-old Marja McClendon.
According to court documents, Fernandez was offering beauty injections without a license out of her home in Houston and obtained the silicone used in the procedures by illegal means.
Prosecutors said McClendon had made two appointments with Fernandez to get butt injections, which were said to have caused her intense pain and breathing problems, KHOU11 reported.
Lisa Fernandez, 47 (left), from Houston, has been charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing the April 2018 death of Marja McClendon, 38 (right) by giving her butt injections
According to a witness account cited in the filings, the first round of injections on April 24, 2018, left McClendon feeling ill, but it did not achieve the aesthetic result she was looking for, so she returned for a second appointment after Fernandez refused to give her a refund.
Prosecutors said McClendon was in so much pain during the second round of injections that Fernandez had to halt the procedure several times.
When McClendon walked out of Fernandez’s home, she was said to have been coughing up blood and struggling to breathe.
McClendon (left and right) had received two rounds of silicone injections, which left her coughing up blood and struggling for breath. She died from complications associated with a silicone pulmonary embolism
A short time later, the 38-year-old woman was taken to the emergency room at a nearby hospital, but she left and went home before being evaluated.
McClendon was late readmitted to the hospital, where she died on April 30, 2018 as a result complications associated with a silicone pulmonary embolism. Her death was ruled a homicide.
At the time of her arrest, Fernandez allegedly admitted to knowing that McClendon had been hospitalized, but she did not go with her to the emergency room to explain to the doctors how the injections were performed, and with what substance.
Fernandez, who described herself as a beauty consultant, appeared in court on Wednesday and was ordered held on $40,000 bail
Fernandez also allegedly admitted to the police that she was aware that if performed incorrectly, butt injections could result in serious harm, or even death, reported ABC13.
Fernandez made her initial court appearance on Wednesday and had her bail set at $40,000. A judge barred Fernandez from performing any unlicensed medical or cosmetic procedures.