A MEMBER of an LGBTQ or gay group in Boracay Island died Jan. 9, 2018 following a breast enhancement procedure.
The Malay Police Station is now investigating if the supposed medical procedure caused the death of Edwin Esperancilla, 31, of Panacan, Narra, Palawan.
Esperancilla was temporarily living in Barangay Balabag, Boracay in Malay, Aklan.
Superintendent Antonio Dizon, Malay police chief, said an autopsy would be conducted to determine Esperancilla’s cause of death.
Investigation showed that Esperanzilla wanted to enhance his breast and availed the services of a certain Dave Nacar alias “Marga,” a transgender who reportedly hails from Bacolod City.
According to Esperancilla’s friends, Nacar told the victim he would be injecting the latter with collagen.
The victim went to the suspect’s rented room inside a resort in Barangay Balabag at 12:45 noon. The procedure was supposed to be the first of the four “collagen” injection on Esperancilla.
Esperancilla was supposed to travel abroad and it remains unclear if he requested more than the usual dosage of the injection per session.
By 2 p.m., Nacar went out of the room and asked for help from resort staff and a foreigner to bring the victim to the hospital.
Esperancilla, who was already unconscious, was brought to Ciriaco S. Tirol Hospital. Reports indicated that he was already foaming in the mouth and had hematoma.
Hospital personnel treated Esperancilla but he was declared dead at around 6:45 p.m.
Chief Inspector Ruel Firmo, Malay police deputy chief, said a hospital worker informed them of Esperancilla’s death.
In a text message, Dr. Charmaine Ling Chua of the Ciriaco S. Tirol Hospital said the victim’s cause of death is “septic shock secondary to bacteremia secondary to possible unsterile procedure (collagen injection to diffirent parts of the body) to a possible immune compromised host.”
Nacar, who went with Esperancilla when he was brought to the Boracay hospital, immediately checked out of the hotel room at around 3:00 p.m.
He remains, at large as of press time.
Nacar has also blocked from his Facebook account from all “mutual friends” he has with Esperancilla.