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Woman Arrested For Alleged Illegal Injections Without Medical License

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File photo of IV bags in a hospital. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a South Texas woman has been arrested for practicing medicine without a license after allegedly injecting a substance into another woman.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are asking others who received injections from Nohemi Gabriela Gonzalez to contact them and seek immediate medical attention.

According to a statement Thursday from the sheriff’s office, the victim received injections in her legs at her home several times in August. Gonzalez allegedly told her the substance was collagen, but authorities say it was an unknown polymer-like substance.

A few months later, after feeling increasing pain, the woman was told by a doctor in Mexico that she appeared to have been injected with silicone. She was admitted to a McAllen hospital on Oct. 9, with burning ankles and difficulty breathing.

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