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Woman's Death After Plastic Surgery in Hialeah Ruled ‘Accidental': Medical Examiner

A woman's death after she had plastic surgery at a South Florida clinic has been ruled accidental, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

Hialeah Police said 29-year-old Heather Meadows of West Virginia was undergoing a plastic surgery procedure at Encore Plastic Surgery in Hialeah when she went into cardiac arrest. 

Meadows was rushed to Larkin Community Hospital Palm Springs Campus where she later died.

"She did talk with the doctor on the phone and he seemed to know what he was doing and he was alright," said Beverly Kennington, Meadows' aunt.

Investigators said the autopsy has been performed on Meadows and the Medical Examiner's Office said the findings "point toward an accidental death during a medical procedure."

In addition, police said a complete and final report is expected in the near future and the case remains open. Investigators also said there is no evidence of criminal activity related to Meadows' death.

While several patients poured in and out of Encore Plastic Surgery Friday morning, one of those patients, 43-year-old Antoinette, canceled her appointment and demanded a full refund after learning what had happened.

"I don't really care about what they did and what they didn't do, I'm just not going in there to have surgery, that's it," she said after coming all the way from New York to get a Brazilian Butt Lift.

Antointte said she paid $4,000 for the procedure. She said it could have cost as much at $12,000 elsewhere.

A doctor at that clinic was the subject of an NBC 6 Investigation earlier this week.

Dr. Osak Omulepu was ordered to stop doing his signature Brazilian Butt Lift and liposuction procedures after a handful of patients came forward claiming he botched their procedures.

There is no indication that Omulepu was involved in the Meadows incident.

It is not known what procedure Meadows was having performed at the clinic, or which doctor was performing the procedure.

Police said the clinic is properly licensed to perform plastic surgery procedures.

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