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Catherine Cando, a part time glamour model and beauty queen from Ecuador, died on the operating table while getting liposuction she won in a competition.

The 19-year-old won the local title of “Queen of Duran” in October. Her goodie bag of prizes included a tablet, a car, and a round of cosmetic surgery treatment. While she felt like she didn’t need it at the time, the model decided to get lipo after the surgeon continued to pressure her into it. Cando fell into cardiac arrest during the surgery and died.

An autopsy report revealed Cando died of hypovolemic shock after she lost most of her blood, causing the body to shut down.

As reigning Queen of Duran, she told local media she had shunned having surgery when she realized she was too fat, and had exercised to lose weight instead.

Her brother Daniel Zavala, 24, told local media: “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.

“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.”

The surgeon, whose identity hasn’t been released, was arrested and charged with negligence for Cando’s death.

Her lawyer, Carlos Reyes Izquierdo, has looked into the case himself after getting the runaround from the clinic that housed the surgery.

Lawyer Carlos Reyes Izquierdo said: “I was told she had died of a brain edema, but the clinic staff told her relatives that she had died of a cardiac arrest.

“I have ordered cytological and pathological examinations to find out what exactly happened.

“However, it can be presumed as negligence because there has been no support from doctors who have failed to explain anything about the case.”

When Cando won her title, she had this to say about inner beauty:

“I want Ecuador to know that the women in my country are not only beautiful, but intelligent.”

In the past four years, several women have had problems with botched surgeries in South America. Brazilian model Pamela Nascimento died after a surgeon reportedly pierced her liver during the same operation, and beauty queen Andressa Urach faced a gruesome outcome after thigh injection surgery left her legs eroded and scarred.


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