The first set of silicone injections made her happy. The second brought her to tears.
Inside a Philadelphia courtroom on Friday, Melissa Lisath welled up as she scanned a photograph of herself in the hospital when her pursuit of a bigger butt put her life on the line.
And, until two months ago, rendered her unable to work.
Lisath, 33, told jurors she drove from New York to Philadelphia in Sept. 2008 so Padge Victoria Windslowe could inject more silicone into her buttocks.
The illegal procedure went pretty much the way the first one did. On the way home, though, Lisath said she started having shortness of breath.
“As the time was going, it was getting worse and worse and worse,” she said.
Later on, Lisath said she grew pale and passed out.
She didn’t wake up until she was in the emergency room, breathing with the aid of a ventilator.
“I was in a coma so I didn’t see anything happening,” said Lisath.
Three months went by before Lisath left the hospital, though she would later return for surgery and another five-week stay.
She detailed the harrowing aftermath of her illegal injections during the second day of Windslowe’s murder trial.
Windslowe is accused of killing Claudia Aderotimi, a hip-hop dancer who was injected inside a hotel near the Philadelphia airport in 2011 after flying in from London.
Windslowe is also charged with aggravated assault after an exotic dancer landed in the hospital after attending a so-called “pumping party” in East Germantown.
On Friday, Dr. Anthony Mazzeo, an emergency room physician at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, described Aderotimi’s final hours.
Like Lisath, the 20 year old was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 7, 2011 with shortness of breath, but also chest pain she pegged at a “nine of out 10,” according to medical records.
Her condition only worsened from there.
Mazzeo said Aderotimi’s heart rate sped up and she began coughing up “bloody, frothy spew.”
He said she placed on a ventilator and given antibiotics, but couldn’t bounce back from what he surmised was a reaction to the silicone injected into her rear-end spreading to her lungs.
“Eventually, her heart stopped,” said Mazzeo.
Windslowe is charged with third-degree murder, aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter and unauthorized practice of medicine.
If convicted, she could face between 44 and 88 years behind bars.
The trial could take up to two weeks. Windslowe is near hell-bent on testifying when the defense makes its case.