By Milcah Tanimu
A 65-year-old American woman, Kimberly McCormick, shared her horrifying experience of undergoing botched surgery in Mexico. She had initially visited the Mexico Bariatric Center for skin-tightening surgery, but when she woke up, she discovered doctors had given her a breast augmentation and Brazilian butt lift that she had not requested. McCormick had returned to the clinic for procedures to remove excess skin after losing 150 pounds.
Despite the surgery costing $13,000 in Mexico compared to over $50,000 in the U.S., the outcome left McCormick “disfigured.” Her daughter, Misty Ann McCormick, claimed they faced mistreatment, extortion, and threats from hospital staff. Misty Ann alleged that she was physically removed from the premises by armed men and that American authorities provided little assistance upon their return.
McCormick now faces medical bills of approximately $75,000 to correct the damage done during the unauthorized surgeries. The incident sheds light on the risks associated with seeking medical treatments, especially surgeries, in foreign countries where regulations and patient protections may differ.