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British beautician charged after botched bottom injection kills US woman | US News

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A British beautician has been charged with killing a woman through a botched buttocks injection in New York.

Donna Francis was extradited to the US after fleeing New York when Kelly Mayhew died.

The 38-year-old is being held without bail.

Her lawyer, Kevin O’Donnell, entered a not guilty plea for Francis.

Kelly Mayhew died after allegedly being injected with liquid silicone by Donna Francis. Pic: Facebook
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Kelly Mayhew died after allegedly being injected with liquid silicone by Donna Francis. Pic: Facebook

The beautician is accused of injecting Ms Mayhew in a basement in Queens in May 2015.

Ms Mayhew had travelled from Maryland for the procedure, but authorities allege Francis was not a licensed nurse or physician.

Officials say Ms Mayhew died because the procedure was not done correctly.

A judge in Britain ruled Francis should be extradited in October last year.

Ms Mayhew, a 34 year-old freelance television producer, started “gurgling” and struggling to breathe after receiving six injections in either side of her buttocks, and despite the efforts of paramedics, was pronounced dead later that evening.

Liquid silicone, which stays in the body permanently, caused a systemic embolism – fatally restricting Ms Mayhew’s bloodflow to her vital organs.

Francis, a mother of one, left the house and returned to the UK the next day.

Last autumn, US authorities said Francis would only face a year in prison if convicted.

According to NBC Washington, her next court date will be late September.

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