With Holidays fast approaching, it is undeniable that many of us are searching for ways to achieve that sexy figure and be a “beach bod” ready. Some might have already achieved this goal, some might still be in progress, and some might have not been able to do it.
Markita “Kiki” McIntyre, 34, a mother of 3 and a Mississippi resident is the second Black woman to pass away after undergoing a surgery procedure for weight loss. Markita traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to avail a sleeve gastrectomy, a low-cost surgery procedure which claims to remove 80% of her belly.
Supposedly, Markita and a close friend of hers, Francesca Moultrie, will undergo the procedures together, but at the last minute, the latter backed out. Albeit she was saved by fate, she can’t help but be disheartened by the tragic passing of her close friend.
“I talked to my friend throughout the entire process,” Moultrie recalled in an interview. “We talked every day, and she was asking questions every day in the group, so she was very knowledgeable. I asked her how she was doing, and she said she was okay. I had posted something on Facebook, and she laughed at it. I was going to talk to her after surgery around 2 or 3 pm.”
Little did Moultrie know, that was her last conversation with her Markita.
At around 5pm that day, Moultrie got a call from Markita’s husband, informing her about Markita’s passing.
On a previous report, a 38-year-old woman named Keuana Weaver died on the operating table of Art Siluette Aesthetic Surgery in Tijuana.
Another woman named Esmeralda Iniguez who also endured the surgery process, almost died of septic shock. Since then, she’s been in and out of the hospital because of kidney failure.
In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the public about the weight-loss surgeries and its risks after 11 Americans who have undergone such procedure in Tijuana have been found to acquire antibiotic-resistant infections. However, many wouldn’t listen and are still being headstrong in trying cheaper alternatives for their desired surgery procedures.
A Mississippi surgeon reminded everyone and urged them not to fall for these types of surgeries despite its low-cost offers.
“Highly stop and rethink your options,” said Dr. Donald Balder, the certified general surgeon and founder of the Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery in Gulfport. “We go and buy a car, and we finance, and we don’t really rethink twice about financing it, right? But you’re going to go to another country, that might talk a different language, and you’re going to trust someone to do a surgery for a couple thousand dollars when you can finance your body for $10,000 or $12,0000, so I think they need to give it a second thought.”
It is yet to be known whether Markita went to the same clinic as Weaver or Iniguez. But in the time being, Markita’s family has set up a fund raising activity to help raise money for her bereft children.
Furthermore, on the page created for the said fund raising, a statement was addressed to Markita that warmed the hearts of many, “Markita was a mother, daughter, sister, cousin and friends with many of us. And we knew exactly who to run to if we needed a “hype man,” a “listener,” a “fixer,” a “Makeup artist” or someone that did not judge but respected the decision you made. Markita left a lasting impression on our lives that we will carry with us. Markita found her purpose in life, she touched lives and through her work, she has helped many feel BEAUTIFUL, CONFIDENT and UNSTOPPABLE. Markita was eager, determined and selfless, she loved US all. Markita will truly be missed, may we never forget her beautiful smile.”