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Fatal Operation 19-year-old medical student dies during liposuction procedure she won in beauty contest

Ecuadorian beauty queen, Catherine Cando died on Saturday, January 10 after a surgical operation went wrong.

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  play The beauty queen died during a liposuction operation. (Daily Mail)
  play Catherine was studying medicine in the university. (Telegrafo)

It was all joy and laughter for 19-year-old medical student, Catherine Cando, when she beat 23 other girls to win Queen of Duran, a beauty contest in her Ecuadorian home town in 2014.

Miss Cando, won the competition in October 2014 and won prizes, including a new Aveo car 2015 and a smart tablet. She also won a free course of cosmetic surgery treatment; a prize which turned out to be fatal to her life. Catherine Cando died on Saturday January 10, during the surgery operation.

According to reports in the Ecuadorian media, Catherine’s brother, Daniel Zavela, said the 19-year-old beauty queen had initially rejected the surgery because she felt she was young and she could be able to lose her weight by working out.  She however agreed to undergo the procedure after she was pressured by a surgeon. Judges at the competition also highlighted the need for her to lose some of her wieght.

"She was thinking about letting someone else have it as a freebie but eventually she agreed to have it just to get him off her back," Daniel Zavela told the media.

She died while she was undergoing the liposuction procedure at a private clinic on Saturday. Two doctors who performed the operation on her have been arrested as authorities believe Catherine died due to their negligence.

The young Catherine Cando was a medical student at the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil.

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