A 39-year-old Argentine woman has died after reportedly self-injecting Vaseline into her breasts so that she could attempt to give herself a breast augmentation. The Huffington Post reported on March 20, 2014, that Sonia Perez Llanzon suffered a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in her lungs) and died just weeks after she injected her breasts with Vaseline.
Several weeks after injecting the Vaseline into her breasts, Llanzon started suffering breathing issues and was rushed to the Lucio Molas Hospital in Santa Rosa.
Doctors and physicians noticed injuries on the breasts of the athlete, but the denied having any knowledge of what exactly happened. She later confessed to doctors that she had indeed injected petroleum jelly into her breasts in an attempt to make them bigger.
"I've never seen a case like this. The human body has antibodies to remove bacteria and viruses, but it hasn't got any mechanisms against this type of product," head of surgery Julio Pla told La Capital.
Pla went on to say that other people need to realize that using Vaseline in this manner are "putting themselves in danger."
The Vaseline was said to have entered into the blood stream of Llanzon and caused the blood clots in her lungs.
An exact date of death was not given, but posts by her on on Facebook indicate that she may have died on March 6, 2014.