A former Tyler salon owner was sentenced Friday to 10-year and eight-year prison terms after pleading guilty to two charges of practicing medicine without a license, admitting that she injected a gel substance into women seeking breast and buttock augmentations.
Ms. Foster received the eight-year sentence for injections she performed on Kenya Shepherd and 10 years in prison for practicing medicine without a license on Sheena Bradford, Assistant Smith County District Attorney Richard Vance said.
The judge ordered that Ms. Foster serve the prison sentences consecutively, making her eligible for parole in about 4 1/2 years. He also ordered $10,000 fines for each of the two charges, as well as about $10,000 in restitution for medical bills the victims incurred as a result of the procedures inflicted by Ms. Foster, Vance said.
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 that 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.
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), pseudoephedrine (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.
For years, Ms. Foster helped cancer patients and survivors by giving away free haircuts, makeovers, manicures, weaves and custom-made wigs at her shop’s annual, 24-hour Day of Glamorous Divas. Her own sister died two days after the age of 18, which prompted her to give back to others, according to earlier reports.
O.W. “Buddy” Lloyd was Ms. Foster’s defense attorney.
Staff Writer Dayna Worchel contributed to this report.