By Hannah Partos
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Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan
Producer: John Balson, Nick Johnson
Editor: Jack Stevens
Rajee Narinesingh, a transgender woman, fell prey to “toxic tush doctor” Oneal Ron Morris in 2005 - a fellow trans woman who went by the name of ‘Duchess’ and injected her clients with illegal substances -including cement, superglue and tyre sealant.
The 48-year-old said: “I wanted to be a beautiful woman.”
She paid just $100 to get her breasts, buttocks, cheeks, jawline and lips “pumped up”. Little did she know, her body had been pumped with a filler made up of silicone, mineral oil and cement.
Although Rajee knew that Morris lacked medical credentials, she was desperate to achieve a more feminine look and could not afford to go to a licensed surgeon.
But her dreams were shattered when rock-hard lumps appeared in her face, breasts and buttocks. One of the lumps in her face even exploded and “green matter” burst out.
The trans-activist recalled: “I felt like a monster, a sideshow circus clown.”
Since then, Morris, has been jailed for practicing medicine without a license and has also been charged with manslaughter after one of her clients died following her cosmetic procedures.
For years, Rajee was too ashamed to seek help and hardly left home. But then a friend referred her to cosmetic surgeon Dr John Martin, who agreed to give her free treatment to repair the damage to her face and body.
Dr Martin said: “It was the worst case of bad injections I’d ever seen."
Dr Martin gave Rajee a long course of anti-inflammotroy injections and ultrasound treatments to help soften the hard nodules - to the consistency of a ’rubber tyre’ - that had formed in her face so that she could have surgery to remove the toxic substances inside.
Seven weeks and four rounds of surgery later, Rajee is ecstatic with the results.
She said: “It was gruelling but it’s definitely been worth it.
“My friends and family are so happy for me. They are absolutely amazed and think that I look beautiful.”
Rajee said her confidence has rocketed.
She said: “It’s a pretty major improvement. I look in the mirror and think, wow.
“I’m excited about the future and the wonderful possibilities it holds for me.”
Her new look has also won her numerous admirers.
She revealed: “The men situation is better. I’m getting approached a lot more, and they seem to be really attracted to me.
“On my Facebook, I get messages from men literally all over the world – Australia, India, Africa, South America, Europe. They’re flirting with me, it’s amazing.”
Currently single, Rajee is hoping that romance will soon blossom. She is a self-confessed “cougar” with a fondness for younger men, and would like to settle down and get married one day. But for the moment, she is happy to lap up the male attention that comes her way.
She said: “I don’t know if I can have one boyfriend. I wonder if there is a man out there who can handle a woman like me! I mean, I am a lot to handle.”
Having appeared in several documentaries about her experience, and a couple of TV dramas, Rajee’s ultimate ambition is to act in a feature film.
She sad: “I am ready for a starring role in a movie. Since I had the surgery, I’ve been doing a lot more auditions. I’m thinking that maybe the casting directors will be more receptive to me now than they were before.”
Rajee is also eager to share her story and highlight the risks of backroom beauty treatments to deter others from following her example.
But she feels no bitterness towards the doctor who ravaged her looks and ruined her self-esteem.
She added: “I forgive Duchess, I really do. I’m moving on and trying to heal.”