This is so saddening. ==============================
It was an exciting time for 28-year-old Aura Javellana of Redmond.
"Everybody liked her, she was outgoing," said her fiancÚ, Justin Rogers. "She was a star performer at work."
"If you could say soul mate, she was definitely my soul mate," he said.
He was about to seal his long engagement to Aura with a wedding band.
"It was going to have four diamonds in it, because basically I waited four years before I married her," he said.
But like many brides to be, Aura wasn't happy with her body, so she paid a visit to the Sono Bello Body Contour Center in Bellevue. In its ads, on its Web site and in its brochures, Sono Bello promotes its laser-assisted liposuction as less invasive than traditional liposuction where patients are "put under" using general anesthesia.
"A microprocedure so tiny, it doesn't even need stitches," said one ad.
In written materials we obtained from patients, Sono Bello claims "we have ruled out the major risk and complications that existed with traditional liposuction by introducing the use of new micro-instruments and laser assistance!"
Those marketing materials say the procedures are "virtually painless" and "recovery is easy," allowing patients to return to "work the same or next day," feeling only "the aches and pains you have after a good workout."
"They make it sound like snip, tuck, bam, hit you with a laser you're done," said Rogers.
Aura was generally in good health. But Rogers said last winter they both decided that they needed to lose weight and came up with a plan for diet and exercise. They briefly talked about surgical solutions like liposuction.
"In terms of, oh we would never do that," Rogers said. "It's an unacceptable way of doing things, it's a cop out a shortcut we would never take."
But Aura secretly changed her mind. On May 26, she dropped off Rogers at work saying only that she was leaving town on a business trip. Rogers didn't know she was driving just a few miles to Sono Bello for a three-and-a-half hour liposuction procedure. He never saw her again.
"It's still unreal," said Rogers. "At the end of the day you've lost somebody who was your future, your life."
Aura had fat removed from what her contract listed as her "abds, love handles, upper arms." The cost - $8,000.
Then instead of going home, she checked into a Bellevue hotel. It was a Tuesday and Aura apparently planned to recover at the hotel alone, returning to the home she shared with Rogers by the weekend. But by Wednesday morning, Aura was dead.
Maids found her when they opened the door to clean the room.
Aura's bed was soaked with bloody fluid that had leaked from the 11 puncture wounds left behind by the liposuction tubes. There were bloody bandages everywhere.
The investigating officers discovered deep purple bruises on Aura's body.
The King County Medical Examiner ruled it was the cosmetic surgery that killed Aura. She died from "acute lidocaine intoxication."
I had a coworker who was particularly sniveling and I think either stupid or just mean spirited because of her own body issues tell me on numerous occasions that I should go get the liposuction from Sonobello. I won't lie, it sounded easy...
That was also the reason why I said to heck with it because it was too easy. Besides I'm the kind of person that likes to prove people wrong. Reading Oxygen and being over at Bodybuilding.com, I can get a six pack that is tight to def (or whatever my genetics dictate) without Sonobello and probably without any adverse effects.
I recently tried N.O. Xplode and I love it. Definitely notice a difference in pumps and energy. I've been sick since Sunday morning, so I haven't had a chance to really work out or even use it because of the food poisoning. Most adverse reaction from doing things the hard way (gym time) is nausea from the creatine. I lived, I learned.
I feel terrible for Rogers and I hope Aura rests in peace. I don't know her, but I wish I could bring her back. *Shaking my head*
That could've been ME had I not had enough knowledge and research under my belt to know that with a little "elbow grease" these abs and these thighs will come in.
I recently got my training plan from Derek Charlebois at Scivation and I'm eager to try it. Should've tried it on Monday, but unfortunately things didn't work out because of the food poisoning. Good news is I was under calories lol. It's not like I overate. I do miss my workout though. It still doesn't feel right.
I will start tomorrow and go from there. I will load up the training plan on my blog FitandChic. wordpress.com later! www.king5.com/health/Wom