BAHIA BLANCA – A transsexual in this Argentine city died after injecting silicone into her backside in what was most likely an attempt to look more feminine, the Buenos Aires daily Clarín reports.
Cecilia Báez, 35, was at her home in Bahía Blanca when she lost consciousness after injecting the silicone into one of her butt cheeks last Saturday night. Her friends took her to a nearby hospital, where she died hours later.
A police official attributed the death of Báez's (born, Orlando Barboza) to "pulmonary embolism," or blockage of an artery leading to her lung, in this case apparently caused by the artificial substance injected into her rear end.
A member of a local transsexual and transvestites group, Carolina Martínez, told Clarín that self-injection of silicone was a "very risky" practice that had caused others deaths as well as amputations.
Martínez suggested that the state offer financial support for proper procedures to help transsexuals seeking "more feminine bodies."