A former Tyler salon owner pleaded guilty Tuesday to practicing medicine without a license, admitting that she injected a gel substance into a woman seeking breast and buttock augmentations.
Ms. Foster, 39, Tyler, was the owner of Queen Divas Hair Salon, at 102 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. She pleaded guilty to two counts of practicing medicine without a license, third-degree felonies that carry punishment ranges of probation or two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She will be sentenced on Aug. 31 by Smith County 7th District Judge Kerry Russell.
One woman Ms. Foster treated with the injections was hospitalized in Longview in February and placed on a ventilator because of a pneumothorax, a buildup of air and blood in the lungs.
In an arrest affidavit prepared by Tyler police Detective Andy Erbaugh, the victim said as Ms. Foster performed the procedure, which consisted of injecting 12 syringes full of a clear gel substance into her body, she felt severe pain and shortness of breath.
“She stated her breast immediately swelled up and the gel began pouring out of the needle holes. She stated the suspect put super glue on the hole and placed a cotton swab on the super glue,” the affidavit said.
Ms. Foster told the women she was working under the direction of a doctor in Houston and was using a saline solution gel in the procedures, according to the affidavit.
ephedrine (sinus medication), methylprednisolone (a corticosteroid drug), surgical tape, a bloody cotton ball, a jar with unknown substance and an open tube of Gasket Maker Super Clear silicone.
Smith County Assistant District Attorney Richard Vance is prosecuting Ms. Foster while O.W. “Buddy” Lloyd is her defense attorney.
According to a search warrant, items seized by police from the Queen Divas salon included volumes of needles and syringes of various sizes, packages of Krazy Glue, rubber gaskets, latex gloves, cyclobenzaprine (a muscle relaxer), pseudo