Trial continued on Friday for Zunilda Anaya Baldovino, who has pleaded not guilty to two charges of doing reckless and negligent acts. The only witness called by the Crown that day was a woman who said she had received injections from Ms. Baldovino, who had told her that the substance injected was vitamins.
After experiencing redness, bruising and bumps which kept getting worse, the woman said she ended up spending around $4,000 for visits to doctors, medications and travel to Colombia for further treatment.
The witness, who is referred to by the Cayman Compass as C to protect her privacy, was the second complainant/victim to give evidence. The first complainant gave her evidence when the trial started in August.
Ms. Baldovino has pleaded not guilty to two charges of doing a reckless and negligent act – supplying or administering “medicine or poison or dangerous matter” in a manner so rash or negligent as to endanger human life or safety. Ms. Baldovino, from Colombia, had a permit to work in a beauty salon at the time of the alleged acts, November and December 2016.
C said she first met Ms. Baldovino at a friend’s house and watched as Ms. Baldovino injected the friend “all over” her face with a needle. C asked what it was and Ms. Baldovino replied that it was vitamins, brought from Colombia, to nourish the skin.
C said she wanted the same treatment and she received it that same day, paying around $60. Nothing happened to her face at that time. Months later, she received the treatment again – one injection on each side of her eyes – from Ms. Baldovino. The next day she noticed redness at the injection sites and it got worse. Then she got a bruise under her left eye.
C contacted Ms. Baldovino, who said it could be an allergy and told her to take Benadryl, which did not help. She started feeling pain where she had been injected. She texted Ms. Baldovino, who then met her in the parking lot outside her workplace and gave her pills and some white cream in a container with no name, which she said would prevent scarring.
C again asked if Ms. Baldovino was sure that the substance injected was vitamins and was told yes.
C became worried that the substance might be silicone because she knew about cases in Colombia. The bruise under her left eye started swelling and then spots appeared near the right eye. She consulted two doctors in Cayman and received antibiotics. In January 2017, she went to Colombia where a biopsy was done near her left eye; it has resulted in a scar. She received more antibiotics and pills for the swelling. The bumps became less and the swelling went down,
Crown counsel Darlene Oko asked if C had ever requested money from Ms. Baldovino. C said she had no insurance, so she asked for money to pay for a doctor and medication. She said Ms. Baldovino never paid her anything. The witness was still being questioned when court adjourned. Magistrate Philippa McFarlane directed her to return for continuation of the trial on Thursday, Dec. 6.