(LATINO.FOXNEWS) — A 19-year-old beauty queen and aspiring doctor died in Ecuador due to complications from a botched liposuction surgery – a medical procedure that she at first didn’t want.
Catherine Cando, a part-time glamour model and the winner of the Queen of Durán beauty contest in Ecuador, had initially declined the surgery – part of the prize for winning the pageant – because she believed she could lose the supposed excess weight through exercise. But the judges insisted she needed the surgery.
"Before having the surgery, she received a lot of calls from the surgeon trying to persuade her to do it, but she kept saying no," her brother Daniel Zavela told local media. "She was thinking about letting someone else have it as a freebie but eventually she agreed to have it just to get him off her back."
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