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August 30, 2013

Fla. teen suffers brain and heart damage after breast augmentation

NBC Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Two weeks after undergoing a breast augmentation procedure at a Coral Gables clinic, an 18-year-old South Florida woman remains in a coma due to complications that left her with brain and heart damage, her family says.

Linda Perez, whose first name means "pretty" in Spanish, underwent the procedure at the Coral Gables Cosmetic Center, and now will require a tracheotomy to help her breathe, family members said.

"What they gave me is essentially a vegetable," her mother Mariela Diaz told NBC 6. Perez, the mother of a 3-year-old, was admitted to Mercy Hospital following her procedure, and the family's lawyer says her prognosis is not good.

Full story: Teen Suffers Brain and Heart Damage, In Coma, After Breast Augmentation: Family