Carlos Hernandez Fernandez, 37, was finally put in prison after posing as a plastic surgeon and performing dozens of horrifying surgeries on patients.
Fernandez was conning woman out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and performing surgeries on them that were not medically sound. Not only that, he used little to no anesthesia while he did this. He was torturing patients on the operating table.
Carla Perez, one of the victims said, “I could feel when he was cutting it open,” referring to her nose job surgery she came for. Afterward, she was horrified by the results. “I was totally bruised, my nose completely dropped, I had no more cartilage, and my septum was completely crooked, he hammered at my septum with an actual hammer.”
The Daily Mail reports:
Fernandez also targeted immigrant women through the Hernandez Fernandez Clinic in the hope that they would not report the crime for fear of being deported.
Police believe there may be many more victims who used the clinic, which had been operating since at least January 2015, who have not come forward.
While Fernandez claimed to be a fully qualified surgeon, in fact the only training he had received was as a surgical assistant.
Nomi Garcia sad she became ill after an operation by Fernandez, but he advised her not to go to the hospital for fear of being discovered.
She told the court: ‘He knew I was ill after one of the surgeries, and he knew that I could have lost my life, and he didn’t care.’
Fernandez said the charade started after a friend asked for medical advice, knowing he had training in Mexico, and it snowballed from there.
As well as being jailed, Fernandez was also ordered to pay $189,000 in restitution.
He offered an apology to his victims, saying he never meant to harm them, but arrived at the courthouse with only $1,000.