The death of a young UK resident, who collapsed after undergoing a cosmetic buttock treatment in the United States, was being investigated by police today.
Claudia Aderotimi, 20, suffered medical complications in the wake of the procedure which took place in a budget hotel room.
The young woman from London, thought to be a Nigerian national, travelled to Philadelphia with three friends and had the silicone injections in her buttocks on Monday. But she began to suffer chest pains and had trouble breathing.
She was rushed from her hotel, the Hampton Inn in south-west Philadelphia where the treatment was carried out, to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.
Police investigating her death said the cosmetic procedure, which is understood to have cost more than £1,000, was arranged over the internet and have questioned a woman believed to be involved in it. They are still searching for the person who carried out the operation.
Miss Aderotimi’s mother, who was comforted by friends and family at her north London home, was too upset to talk last night or confirm reports that the operation was bought for her daughter as a 21st birthday present.
Other relatives at her flat on the Geffrye Estate in Hackney said the tragedy was “too private” to discuss. A 17-year-old neighbour who did not want to be named said: “She seemed nice and she was pretty. I don’t know why she felt she had to do that. It seems like a waste.”
Thames Valley University student Ms Aderotimi was said to be an aspiring hip-hop dancer who had appeared in a number of music videos.
Talent scout Tee Ali, who met her on a shoot, said: “She was a dancer and a choreographer. She loved to dance and had a drive to be famous. The problem was she didn’t have no butt and she wanted a butt. It’s such a shame. She’s a victim of all these girls trying to be perfect. She thought if she had a big booty she would have been in better videos and been more famous.”
In the US, Lt Ray Evers said police carried out a search warrant last night at the Bergen County, New Jersey, home of a woman they think set up the appointment online. She has been questioned but is not under arrest. Authorities were still pursuing a second woman they believe performed the procedure, Lt Evers added.