The injections, which turned out to be bathroom caulk, caused her limbs to begin curling and turning black. Doctors were forced to amputate her hands, feet and the flesh around her buttocks and hips.
She is now warning others not to let vanity trump common sense. "We are enough and we were made to be enough," she says. Read More...
Chatting with CNN, Apryl Brown (pictured) revealed that her desire for a bigger butt resulted in the loss of her hands and feet.
“I really wanted to live. I just really wanted to live,” said Brown, who was told in 2010 that a staph infection eating her body away resulted in her having 24-hours to live.
Brown’s quest for beauty led an acquaintance who offered her silicone butt injections at her house at a cheaper price than a doctor’s office. The result was far from what Brown wanted.
“I was in pain, my butt was hard, and I was itching,” the one-time cosmetologist said.
As if the pain and itching wasn’t enough, Brown soon learned after the silicone was removed from her body and tested, that the substance was something entirely different.
“It was bathroom caulk, sealant,” she told CNN.
To deal with her infection, Brown underwent 27 surgeries.
“My hands popped out with this pink nail polish, and I’m like, oh my god, I’m going to lose my hands. I’m going lose my hands,” she said.
Brown’s hands weren’t the only thing she lost. According to the LA resident, her feet were the other casualty of the bogus surgery.
With Botox and fillers being commonly used among people as well as fast and easy access available online, Dr. Richard Glogau, of the University of California-San Francisco, doesn’t blame the patients.
“People assume that it’s just as easy as getting your hair colored. But at the end of the day it’s a medical procedure,” he shared with CNN..
As it stands now, Brown has come a long ways from when she first started on the road to recover. CNN notes that she has learned to walk with prosthetics and even knows how to write.
Knowing that her experience may be able to help someone avoid what happened to her, Brown is determined to share her ordeal with others in hopes of teaching them to avoid falling into the same trap.
“All I would ask them to do is, when they have that first thought, make sure they have a second thought about it and do a little research,” she stated. “They won’t be blindsided, and they won’t be saying ‘oh, my god I had no idea that a simple procedure like that can leave me with no hands, no feet and no butt cheeks.’”