TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A fifth victim has come forward, claiming that Claudia Orozco and Marlon Barcelo performed liposuction on her in 2014.
The latest victim, who did not want to be identified, told news Channel 8 she regrets her decision.
“Seeing myself in the mirror every day and seeing the money that I waste, it just gets me angry,” said the woman.
Orozco and Barelo were arrested Tuesday for performing liposuction surgeries without a license.
The latest victim, who did not want to be identified, tells News Channel 8 she was referred to Orozco Medical Center by a friend.
The woman says she had fat transferred from her stomach and back to her buttocks. She said her surgery was unbearable.
“I thought I was in a real clinic,” she said. “I felt everything, like burning sensation. I was constantly crying. She was holding my hand saying stop being chicken, stop being a cry baby.”
She said several weeks after the surgery, she noticed something wrong with her body, and after a month, she felt constant pain in her butt area.
She reached out to Orozco to question the problem but was told the pain would go within a year.
“I had constant pain and it felt numb and it felt like I had cramps all the time. Burning, aching sensation and she said, that’s normal, that’s going to go away,” said the woman.
The victim said calls to the center went unanswered for weeks.
“She ignored my phone calls, she ignored my emails, she ignored my text,” she said.
The victim said three years later, the pain is still there and she can’t sit down for no longer than an hour. Doctors tell her the damage is unrepairable.
She spent over $6,000. Now she hopes to get justice.
“Every woman should step up and come forward because let your voice be heard because I know it’s painful every time you see yourself in the mirror,” said the victim.
The woman said she never spoke up before because she didn’t know her legal rights.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Department of Health launched an investigation into the Orozco Medical Clinic on West Waters Avenue a year and a half ago after getting several complaints from patients who paid thousands of dollars to have a form of Tumescent Liposuction done.
The patients started to go to local hospitals for medical attention due to complications from the surgeries performed at Orozco Medical Clinic.
Orozco and Barcelo were charged with practicing medicine without a license and aggravated battery with great bodily harm. Orozco was also charged with organized fraud less than $20,000.
The fifth victim is the latest to file a complaint with the sheriff’s office.
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