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County suspends license of shop where woman died from botched surgery


Courtesy KSNV Channel 3

Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas, 55, and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez, 47, appear in Las Vegas Justice Court on April 13, 2011.

Surgery Death

The location where the surgery occurred. Launch slideshow »

The little room behind Tiles & More, a tile shop where a Las Vegas woman died after makeshift buttocks enhancement surgery, was leased to the unlicensed surgeon who is now held in jail on a murder charge. Clark County suspended the tile shop’s license, which was reviewed by the Clark County Commission today.

Elena Caro, a 42-year-old mother of three, died in early April after undergoing surgery in the back room of the business at 3310 E. Charleston Blvd. A cause of death hasn't yet been released.

Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas, 55, and Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez, 47, were arrested at McCarran International Airport in connection with her death as they were trying to catch a flight to Colombia.

After his arrest, Matallana-Galvas allegedly told detectives he was a homeopathic doctor in Colombia but not a licensed doctor in Nevada. He said Caro walked out of the office after he injected gel into her.

At a court hearing after the arrest, Caro’s niece said, "I think they got scared and just thought she was dead and dumped her somewhere. And she woke up after that."

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