Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This woman has been placed under house arrest on suspicion of carrying out a series of botched plastic surgeries despite having no qualifications in the field – and she even worked on clients’ vaginas.
Antonina Gorbunova, 37, who reportedly went by the name Alyona Verdi when performing surgeries in the south-western Russian city of Krasnodar in Krasnodar Krai, was initially arrested in April 2019.
Investigators suspected she had operated on twenty people, two of whom had suffered severe injuries as a result of the surgeries.
She spent 10 months in a pre-trial detention centre before being released on 4th February 2020 as a local court found that investigators had not yet found enough proof that the patients were seriously harmed.
On 4th March, reports stated that investigators had found another case against Gorbunova, with officials saying that in March 2015 she had offered to carry out surgery on a woman’s eyelids (a blepharoplasty to repair droopy eyelids) and vulva (a labiaplasty to alter the labia).
The unnamed patient was reportedly asked to provide the suspect with hair extensions in return.
The operations were performed in a rented space in the basement of a residential building but the patient’s eye surgery went wrong. She reportedly ended up with palpebral fissures, scar tissue to the eyelids, and retraction of the lower eyelids.
The Russian Investigative in Krasnodar Krai say this caused serious harm to the patient’s health.
The suspect was placed under house arrest on 4th March while the investigation of the criminal cases continues.
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