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Woman Dies After Plastic Surgery Procedure at Hialeah Clinic: Police

Police are investigating a woman's death after she had plastic surgery performed at a clinic in Hialeah, investigators confirmed.

Hialeah Police said a woman was undergoing a plastic surgery procedure at Encore Plastic Surgery, when she went into cardiac arrest.

The woman was rushed to Larkin Community Hospital Palm Springs Campus, where she later died. She has been identified as 29-year-old Heather Meadows of West Virginia.

Police said the clinic is fully licensed and they are investigating the death with the Health Department.

Patients continued to come and go from Encore Plastic Surgery, just hours after Meadows' death.

"I was feeling terrible for that family because she didn't even get to make it but my daughter, she just came out of intensive care," said Mirta Abreu, who said she knows what the woman's family is going through.

She said her 19-year-old daughter stopped breathing after undergoing liposuction at Encore over the weekend. She remains in the hospital.

This is the same surgery center featured in an NBC 6 Investigation earlier this week about Dr. Osak Omulepu who now works there.

The state board that regulates doctors has accused him of botching plastic surgeries while working at other clinics, and has restricted what procedures he can perform. Dr. Omulepu is fighting efforts to have his license revoked.

There's no indication that he was involved in the death that happened here recently. We do not know who performed Meadows' surgery.

"It's not worth it. It's not at all," Abreu said. "My daughter's only 19 years old, I could've lost her."

NBC 6 spoke with Meadows' aunt from her home in West Virginia, who said family members are traveling to South Florida to try and figure out what went wrong.

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