Story By: Juan Fenandez Mayes, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
A mother of three who underwent Carboxytherapy in which carbon dioxide is injected into the skin to rejuvenate it died when it travelled to her heart and, according to her brother, caused it to ‘explode’.
Claudia Bertoldi, 45. had gone for treatment at the unnmaed clinic in the Argentine city of Concordia located in a department with the same name.
The exact date of her death is unclear, however, it was first reported yesterday (Sunday).
The 45-year-old, who according to her brother had “spectacular health and an enormous vitality”, was undergoing her second session of carboxytherapy at the centre.
Carboxytherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment where gaseous carbon dioxide is subcutaneously introduced to promote blood flow and increase the skin’s elasticity to reduce the appearance of cellulitis and treat stretch marks. It also has a necrotizing effect on fat tissue.
Bertoldi’s brother Claudio Bertoldi, who has reported the centre for malpractice, spoke with Argentine broadcaster ‘Canal 5 Noticias’ (C5N) claiming that his “sister was killed” after staff “administered carbon dioxide intravenously” which made her heart “explode”.
Claudio was also critical of the staff that committed the “fatal error” which he claimed “were not trained” to carry out the procedure and that it should have been done “by a specialist”.
Although the victim’s final autopsy report will not be finalised until later this week, the strongest hypothesis is she died after carbon dioxide was introduced into a vein which instantly killed her when it reached her heart.
Investigations have started on the centre to make sure it was legally conducting its practices and had the appropriate staff to carry them out.
Local newspaper ‘MinutoUno’ report computers, security camera footage, equipment used in the procedure, agendas and other items of interest have been taken from the centre for the investigation.
Claudio says the incident “ruined a family” which took a mum from her three children aged 5, 12 and 21 years. Bertoldi was also reported to have been married.
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