A teenage girl is fighting for her life after undergoing a breast augmentation procedure from medical professionals with questionable credentials.

Linda Perez, 18, was in surgery at the Coral Gables Cosmetic Center Monday morning when something went wrong and she was transported to a nearby intensive care unit where she remains in a coma, according to NBC 6.

The family told the news station that the centre has not provided any information as to what caused their daughter, who has a 3-year-old, to suffer brain damage. “What they gave me was my daughter as a vegetable,” mother Mariela Diaz said.

CBS Miami reports that the anaesthesiologist Dr. Mario Alberto Diaz served time in federal prison in 2006 for illegally dispensing at least 53,000 doses of pain pills over the Internet, and had his Florida medical license suspended for six months.

Meanwhile the man behind the scalpel, Dr. Jacob Freiman, is not a board-certified plastic surgeon, according to NBC 6.

The centre released a statement via their attorney Kubs Lalchandani stating that the establishment “is committed to upholding the highest standards of medical care and patient safety. … For privacy reasons, [the centre] cannot comment on any medical issues related to…patients.”

South Florida has been called the “bargain basement of plastic surgery” after years of procedures that have resulted in death or injury.

Back in June, another South Florida woman died after receiving butt filler injections at a West Miami-Dade strip mall beauty clinic.

Well, we can only enjoin you to at least patronise the professionals if you feel you are not satisfied with the body God has given to you.