Ecuadorian beauty queen Catherine Cando died while receiving plastic surgery she won as a prize for being named the Queen of Duran beauty contest last October.
The medical student was 19-years-old.
In addition to the cosmetic procedures, she was gifted a new car and tablet among other prizes when she was crowned the winner of the competition. Prior to her death earlier this month, she was reportedly uninterested in going under the knife for her free liposuction, telling local media she planned on exercising, responding to judges in the competition who suggested she shed some additional pounds.
Eventually, they convinced her.
“Before having the surgery, she received a lot of calls from the surgeon trying to persuade her to do it, but she kept saying no,” her brother told local media. “She was thinking about letting someone else have it as a freebie but eventually she agreed to have it just to get him off her back.”
Despite it being a complimentary procedure, she paid the ultimate price.
And now an investigation into her tragic death has been launched, as prosecutors suspect the teen died as the result of malpractice. Two doctors who performed the operation have been arrested on the charges of negligence.