Pino, legendary for breaking up-and-coming Latino stars, such as Julio Iglesias, had extensive cosmetic work done over the years. Her family reportedly considered a medical malpractice lawsuit but, due to the number of illegal procedures Pino had undergone over the years, they determined that it would be impossible to know who was at fault.
After undergoing a procedure to have the silicone removed in June, Pino was taken off of life-support on August 7. The results of her autopsy were just made available this past weekend.
“At the end she did not suffer. We were responsible for disconnecting her and that’s what we did,” said Jorge Gaviria, a close friend of Pino’s.
The autopsy report indicated Pino received “hard” implants about 20 years ago to raise her buttocks. A decade later, she changed them to saline implants. But those ended up causing her problems. About four years ago, Pino decided to instead inject silicone into her buttocks.
“Over time the tissue in the buttocks hardened and deformed, causing pain,” states the 17-page autopsy report obtained by el Nuevo Herald.
She sought out several doctors to remove the hardened tissue from her buttocks. However, she could not find a doctor to perform the procedure because “everyone feared the risks and complications.”
Silicone injections in the buttocks are illegal in the United States. The silicone can harden, causing chronic inflammation, infections or even oozing through the skin as the silicone mixes with body tissue.
It’s unclear who gave Pino the silicone injections. But the Ecuadoran-born announcer finally found a surgeon in Coconut Grove who agreed to extract the silicone she had injected.
Dr. Constantino Mendieta, a buttocks reconstruction specialist who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, operated on Pino on June 14 in his office, 4 Miami Beauty Aesthetics Clinic. After several hours, Pino, of Coral Gables, was sent home.