Samantha Santana was like a selfless "Mother Goose." Her 25-year-old dental assistant from the Bronx was raising her son Ryan and his half-brother and always had lots of kids around her.
"If Samantha had her last dollar of hers, she would give it to you," her mother Nancy Negron told The Post. ``She loved children. It got worse. Her older sister, Aaliyah Santana, said her brother tried to lose her weight in the gym and on diets, but it didn't work for her.
Then Santana found the magic bullet on her Instagram: Goals Plastic Surgery, an Instagram page with a location in Harlem and 1.2 million followers,Brazilian butt lift. The popular procedure sucks fat from the abdomen, hips and thighs and redistributes it to the buttocks to create the supernatural silhouette made famous by Kim Kardashian.
But Samantha decided to show off her own physique. was not interested.
"Samantha was curvaceous and not after going out," said Aaliyah. "She just wanted to be more comfortable. After her surgery, she would be happy with herself." Offered at a price. Santana was quoted $7,300 for her procedure, according to a text message with a Golds employee. (Dr. David Shaffer, a double-board board-certified plastic surgeon on the Upper East Side who is unaffiliated with Golds, told The Post that the procedure typically costs between $12,000 and $25,000.)32}
Despite family concerns, Samantha paid a deposit for the surgery and spent months researching doctors. I was. Leading up to her procedure, her goal coordinator said her BMI was too high. She was given an expensive ultimatum.
"They pushed her to a deadline. They said she had to get her BMI to this amount by this date or she would lose her deposit." I was basically on a crash diet of eating once a day, so I didn't lose any money," her sister recalled.
Santana said she had lost about 10 pounds in two weeks and arrived at the West 135th Street location on the morning of September 23, 2020, ready to begin her new life.
There were initial wrinkles. The doctor who had scheduled her operation, whom she diligently researched, was replaced with another. (In her contract, the clinic reserved the right to change doctors.)
``Samantha was a little more shy... shy. Mr. Negron, who works, another might have said, "Oh no, where's my doctor?"
Additionally, she was already taking a mixture of medications (Xanax and oxycodone) prescribed to paralyze her for her procedure.
She proceeded with her surgery and her boyfriend picked her up around 4:00 pm.
He was pronounced dead at Wyler Hospital. Her official cause of death was a toxic combination of oxycodone, alprazolam (Xanax), lidocaine and fentanyl. "This is the worst," Negron said tearfully. "Don't bury your children."
Sadly, Santana wasn't the only person to die or require major corrective surgery after surgery at Golds. did. According to Marie Claire's extensive survey of clinics in New York City, the clinics are "little fear shops" that use deceptive means to seduce vulnerable women. . Just days after Santana's death, her 27-year-old dancer, Choi, from the Bronx, her Mackintosh, said, D. D. S, M. D. was operated on by Dr. Thaddeus Boucree, and that night she died from the same combination of drugs. Boucree is no longer licensed to practice medicine in New York, but he works in a dental practice in New Jersey. (Buchley did not return calls from the Post seeking comment.)
Goal Founded in 2016 by Sergey Voskresenskiy, a pediatrician from Azerbaijan. About ten years ago, he changed his name to Dr. Boskin upon becoming a U.S. citizen, according to his attorney. The clinic was originally called Allure before changing its name to Goals in late 2017.
The same year he began practicing, Voskin's wife Ella was released from federal prison. She served 36 months in prison for conspiring to defraud $57.3 million from the Claims Conference, a reparation organization for Holocaust survivors. A former employee told Marie Claire: She's an understated genius when it comes to social media.
According to the report, Voskin employs a number of contract physicians, some of whom do not have to be certified plastic surgeons. (Any licensed physician can perform plastic surgery)
"Anyone can open a surgery center. And what you are doing is , using doctors as independent contractors in order to escape the argument of agency liability, or at least be able to defend against it," says Florida-based attorney Andrés Beregovic. told Marie Claire.
Joshua Lurie is General Counsel for Goals branded entities. Yes, Dr. Voskin told The Post that "a significant amount of Marie Claire's remarks are clearly false." He added that the Harlem facility that treated Santana closed in January 2021 for "business reasons" and "did not allow fentanyl to be prescribed to patients." He also notes that federal law prohibits commenting on a particular patient without a HIPAA release from the family.
Shafer told The Post that he had seen an alarming number of patients seeking corrective surgery from her failed BBL done in clinics and other countries. He said patients should choose a board-certified doctor, have many consultations, and ask questions, especially about post-operative care.
"Under anesthesia he does BBL. It's the safest thing to do. A board-certified anesthesiologist monitors the patient's blood pressure and heart rate," Shafer said. says.
At Golds, patients are kept awake during surgery and given a cocktail of pills to numb them.
Aliya remembers calling her sister at 8pm. In hindsight, Samantha resembled someone overdosing.
"She still couldn't even talk to me...she was still asleep at eight o'clock at night, about four hours after [her boyfriend] picked her up." I was doing it,” said Aaliyah.
Around 11pm, Negron FaceTimed her with his daughter.
"She was like, 'Mom, I'm in so much pain.' She was still limp," Negron said. "And I thought she was in pain... so I thought it was normal."
They both said "I love you" before hanging up. I was.
Later, at about 3:00 am, Negron's phone rang. It was Santana's boyfriend who told her she wasn't breathing. Negron put on her clothes and rushed to her daughter's house, but an EMT attempted to resuscitate her. They took her to her hospital where she died.
Soon after, Negron and her younger daughter went to Gools in Harlem for answers.
And you have a host, standing a girl in all black, with a nice body and pretty features, a very shiny realm." Aaliyah said.
After professing that she was "Samantha Santana's mother," Negron said, "The girl behind the counter started scrambling and ran into her room."
Finally a manager appeared and led them into a small office "to kick us out of the lobby".
The manager refused to release Santana's medical records. Negron said her lawyer was able to acquire them months later.
Within days of her death, someone from Golds called Santana's phone to remind her of her massage appointment. Aliya replied and told them that her sister had died.
"They put me on hold, but they came back and said, 'Okay, I'm sorry. I'm canceling all the remaining appointments.' And that was it."
However, it was not. A few days later, Aaliyah received an automated text message of her telling her to contact her as she heard something had gone wrong with her surgery.
Aliyah called their conduct "predatory".
“The way they are promoting their discounts on social media is like going to Bed Bath and Beyond. I'm doing it," she said.
Next month marks the second anniversary of Santana's death. Negron's emotions run high when he thinks of his grandson Ryan, who is growing up without a devoted mother.
"It breaks me every time," she said. "He's just staring at the picture (of his mother) and wondering what's going on in his little mind.
We can't bring Samantha back, but Samantha and Aaliyah , continues to speak out in hopes that future target patients will do research and understand the risks of surgery, and they want to prevent more senseless deaths.
"She wanted to save people. She did everything for everyone else. Mostly it wasn't about Samantha. It was all about other people." It was for the sake of it," Negron said. "And I know she wanted this to spread to the public and raise awareness for her."