A “Frankenstein” Russian plastic surgeon who was due to stand trial for a series of horrific botched basement surgeries has died.
Antonina Gorbunov, 37, fell into a coma just before she was due in the dock.
She was arrested in April 2019 after operating on 20 people, two of whom suffered severe injuries – allegedly as a result of the alleged surgeries.
She was accused of carrying out a series of botched plastic surgeries despite having no qualifications in the field and she even worked on clients’ vaginas.
Gorbunov, who went by the name Alyona Verdi when performing surgeries in the south-western Russian city of Krasnodar in Krasnodar Krai, was reportedly found unconscious after a night drinking with pals earlier this month.
She died at 5.50am on June 15 and her body has been sent for an autopsy examination, according to local media.
Gorbunova, who was reportedly dubbed Frankenstein by some of her ex-patients, was allowed to leave her home to visit a friend where they both drank alcohol with other guests all night in early June.
An ambulance was called the following morning when Gorbunova failed to stir, according to reports.
Doctors said Gorbunova had a high level of medication in her system, but her friends said they did not see her taking any pills that night.
She had spent 10 months in a pre-trial detention centre before being released on February 4, when a local court found that investigators had failed to provide enough evidence that the patients were seriously harmed.
On March 4, reports stated investigators had found another case against Gorbunova.
Officials said in March 2015 she had offered to carry out surgery on a woman’s eyelids to repair droopy eyelids and surgery to her vulva, known as labiaplasty.
The unnamed patient was reportedly asked to provide the suspect with hair extensions in return.
The operations were performed in a rented space in the basement of a residential building where a patient’s eye surgery went wrong.
She reportedly ended up with palpebral fissures, scar tissue to the eyelids, and retraction of the lower eyelids.
Russian prosecutors said this caused serious harm to the patient’s health.