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Friend describes fatal beauty surgery at Pa. hotel

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm •  Published: October 10, 2012

In the interim, Gordon was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly injuring an exotic dancer at a New Year's Eve 2011 "pumping party" in Philadelphia, when she allegedly injected a group of dancers on a dining room table. The injured woman spent two weeks in the hospital with respiratory problems, after silicone particles attached to her lungs were too small to remove surgically, her doctor has said.

In court Wednesday, Gyamfi explained why she and her childhood friend traveled to the U.S. "We basically came here to get injections to enhance our figures," she said.

They also were celebrating Aderotimi's upcoming birthday on the second trip. They paid Gordon about $2,000 each on the first trip and $1,800 on the second trip for the injections.

Gordon arrived at the hotel room on Feb. 7, 2011, took needles from a bag and silicone from a jug to enlarge the women's buttocks, and then closed the wounds with cotton balls and glue, Gyamfi testified. Gordon left the hotel after Aderotimi became ill — and told them to call an ambulance if she didn't get better, Gyamfi said.

Gyamfi said she and her friend thought Gordon was a nurse. But Mannix questioned whether they really thought they were signing up for a legal procedure.

Third-degree murder carries a potential 20- to 40-year sentence in Pennsylvania.

"She took a product meant for industry and food grain and she injected it into a young woman who was otherwise healthy, at age 20 ... who then died," Assistant District Attorney Bridget Kirn said. "That is ... clear, clear evidence of malice, and disregard of the known and unknown risks she caused to other unknown women."