Indy’s mother dies after undergoing cosmetic surgery in the Dominican Republic

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Sharae Terry describes her twin sister, Shacare, as a loving mother to her two-year-old and the proud owner of Minnie Blessings in Paradise daycare center in the city’s east end.

“My sister and I had the type of relationship we could get into in a minute and then right after that we’d be back as friends and talking,” Sharae said.

When her sister traveled to the Dominican Republic in April with her childhood friend, Carlesha Williams, Sharae says she never imagined she would never be able to hug her again.

Sharae says she knew something was wrong when she had a facetime with her sister a few days after her surgery, and she didn’t look like the sister she knew.

“I knew something was wrong. I knew it in my heart. Sharae said.

Last month’s trip was not the first time Shacare had traveled out of the country for surgery.

She had posted on her Facebook page in February that she had traveled to Mexico where her family said she underwent gastric sleeve surgery.

A few months later, on April 11, Shacare and Williams traveled to the Dominican Republic for another procedure.

“She was definitely healthy, everything that went wrong happened there,” Sharae said.

Williams says she and Shacare both underwent surgeries for a Brazilian butt lift and a tummy tuck.

Williams says both of their surgeries were performed by Dr. Jose Desena at Instituto Medico San Lucas.

On the second day after her surgery, Williams said she was still in a lot of pain, but she noticed that Shacare seemed to be struggling a lot more than she was.

“I was moving around a lot more and Shacare wasn’t really moving, she wasn’t doing anything,” Williams said. “She would stay in bed. I was trying to get her down to eat with me and she wasn’t responding well.

A day later, Shacare was admitted to the Centro Medico Escanno SRL clinic in Santiago.

“When we walk in there and I see her, I almost fell over,” Williams said. “She was on all these machines. She didn’t answer, she didn’t speak, her eyes closed.

Williams said the doctor told her Shacare was fine, her kidneys were fine and her body just needed a rest.

She said the Desena told her that Shacare was unresponsive because she was sedated.

“So he said, ‘if you pick up she’ll be perfectly fine,’ and he said, ‘yes, the body just needs a rest,'” Williams said.

When Williams returned to visit her friend the next day, she said another doctor was attending to her. This doctor told her that Shacare was having trouble breathing on her own.

Then, shortly after, Williams said Desena came back into the room and told her Shacare was doing better and just needed to be put on dialysis.

“I’m reaching out to the mother to come down here,” Williams said. “I tell them what’s going on, but I try not to scare them, but I feel like shouting ‘get down here!'”

When Shacare’s mother arrived in the Dominican Republic about a week after her surgery, Williams said the Desena kept insisting she just needed some rest and told them to leave.

“Her mom basically tells me ‘I don’t believe my daughter is alive, I know my daughter isn’t alive, why won’t they tell me,'” Williams said.

Williams said she had to go back to Indiana, but she visited her friend at the clinic the day before she left and was told they planned to wake her up the next day.

Williams returned to the United States on April 21 where she learned that Shacare had died.

“[Shacare’s] mom said ‘Carlesha, I went back to my room for an hour, and they called me and said her heart stopped so fast,'” Williams said. “She rushes straight back to the clinic and they said her daughter is already in a body bag.”

Sharae and Williams say they just want to know what happened.

A spokesperson for the United States Department of State sent the following statement to WRTV.

“We can confirm the death of a United States citizen in the Dominican Republic. We are providing all appropriate assistance to the family. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.

“We will keep fighting,” Sharae said. “Won’t stop at all, Shacare was a very important person.”

WRTV made numerous attempts to contact Dr. Jose Desena in the Dominican Republic. He did not respond to any of our requests.

Shacare’s family say they hope to collect his body in the United States this week.

According to many doctors, traveling abroad for cosmetic surgery is a growing trend in the United States.

Dr. Ivan Hadad, who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgeries for Eskenazi, Methodist and IU Health, says since last summer he has seen at least one patient a week in his practice who previously left the country for plastic surgery .

Hadad said some of those patients had complications from those surgeries overseas, but not all of them.

“I would say it’s 50/50,” Hadad said. “There are a number of patients who have had the surgery they wanted and have had an adequate outcome. But then it’s basically a toss up where others… have had complications, some who are… expected and others that are not.”

Before getting any type of procedure here in Indiana, you can look up the doctor’s name and verify their qualifications, disciplinary history and any malpractice claims online with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.

WRTV photojournalist Paul Chiodo contributed to this story.


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