25-Year-Old Dies After Botched Plastic Surgery

( 4UMF NEWS ) 25-Year-Old Dies After Botched Plastic Surgery:

A woman who died after getting plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic was in excruciating pain after she returned to the Bronx, a neighbor said Sunday.

Janelle Edwards, 25, died Thursday of a blood clot caused by a breast enhancement, tummy tuck and butt implants performed in Santo Domingo, a relative and police sources said.

Two weeks before her death, Paula Gordon — Edwards’ neighbor in Allerton, the Bronx — saw her doubled over, holding her stomach.

“She said she was in pain and she was going to the hospital,” recalled Gordon, a school-bus driver. “That day she was in excruciating pain and I tell her I’m gonna pray for her. And I do.”

Gordon said the botched surgery should be a warning to people seeking body enhancements in the Dominican Republic.

“Sometimes people say cheaper is better, but it’s not always,” Gordon said.

Edwards’ parents found her unconscious, slumped behind the wheel of her car near Co-op City. The mother of two daughters — ages 1 and 7 — died at Montefiore Medical Center’s Albert Einstein Hospital.

Neighbors said Edwards returned from her trip to the Dominican Republic for plastic surgery last month.

“She was all wrapped in bandages and had an IV on a stand. She was in a lot of pain,” Elia Mayo, 50, told The News.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons warns that flying shortly after surgery increases the risk of pulmonary embolism and blood clots.

Edwards’ family said she was a caring, loving person.

"The family is mourning right now, so it’s not really a good time to talk," her cousin Christopher Hamilton, 23, said.