Tameka Foster: Behind the Plastic Surgery Debacle
But an inside look at the path taken by Usher's wife, courtesy of People Magazine, reveals an irresponsible doctor and a woman that desperately wanted to lose her excess baby weight.
Tameka Foster Photograph
Two months after giving birth, Tameka went to Brazil for liposuction on her stomach, according to Ellen Dasptry, a representative for Sao Paulo plastic surgeon Dr. Silvio Sterman.
Before the surgery could commence, Foster went into cardiac arrest, which led to an induced coma. Said Dasptry:
"When an attack like this happens, the doctors put the patient to sleep... and make sure that everything is okay and that there has not been any damage. This is the protocol every time and this is what was done."
Tameka spent a day in the ICU before being transferred to a larger facility, one of the best in Brazil, Sao Paulo's Hospital Sírio-Libanês.
Hopefully, Tameka Foster's experience can serve as a lesson to others. Follow the jump to read more about what happened.
On February 7, Usher canceled a performance at a pre-Grammy Award party to be by his wife's side.
While many cosmetic surgeons believe no abdominal procedure ought to take place within eight weeks of child birth, Dasptry said Foster was given a clean bill of health.
"In plastic surgery all over the world, there is no rule that says a woman can't have plastic surgery performed two months after childbirth," said Dasptry.
How Tameka Raymond's Plastic Surgery Went Wrong
Two months after giving birth to the couple's second son, Raymond, 38, traveled to Brazil to have liposuction on her stomach, says Ellen Dasptry, a rep for Sao Paulo plastic surgeon Dr. Silvio Sterman, who was to have performed the surgery.
"Tameka Raymond came here on Friday to do a liposuction. Shortly after she went under [general] anesthesia, she suffered a cardiac arrest," Dasptry tells PEOPLE.
Raymond never had the liposuction. According to Dasptry, after her cardiac arrest, Raymond was immediately revived and placed in an induced coma.
"When an attack like this happens, the doctors put the patient to sleep... and make sure that everything is okay and that there has not been any damage," explains Dasptry. "This is the protocol every time and this is what was done."
After a day in the ICU, Raymond was transferred to a larger facility, Sao Paulo's Hospital Sírio-Libanês, considered one of the finest in Brazil, says Dasptry. After nearly a week of recovery, she "is doing very well," says the surgeon's spokeswoman.
On Saturday, Usher canceled a performance at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala to fly to Brazil to be at his wife's side. Davis told partygoers the singer had to leave due to "serious injury in the family." Usher and Raymond have two sons: Usher Raymond V, 1, and Naveid Ely Raymond, who is two months old. Raymond also has three sons from a previous relationship.
On Feb. 8, Usher's rep Simone Smalls issued a statement on the star's behalf: "Tameka Raymond is in stable condition after suffering complications from routine surgery in Brazil. Her husband Usher is with her at the hospital. No further details will be released, and the family requests privacy at this difficult time."
Raymond's case has stirred debate within the medical world over whether a wait of two months between giving birth and undergoing liposuction is sufficiently long.
Tameka Foster, the ex-wife of singer Usher Raymond, was married when she met the singer, but committed adultery with him over and over again. Raymond, known for being a womanizer who does not stay in relationships long, was also taken in by Foster, who conned him in ways.
Foster dumped her devastated husband and married Raymond, in an union that did not last. The two could barely stand each other and stopped living together after one year. Raymond continued his cheating ways throughout the marriage and Foster began having plastic surgery to try to look like his groupies and mistresses.
Tameka Foster Glover Raymond (right), Usher Raymond and Foster's late son Kile Glover
In looking at Raymond's career, the messages in his music smack of promiscuity and disloyalty and tells who is he as a person. He has a song about sleeping with every girl in the club, stating there is enough of him to go around (ego much?). Other songs speak of sexual trysts with strangers (can you say STDs). While a few tracks extol being unfaithful, which is not admirable.
When I think about the amount of impressionable people Raymond has influenced with these messages, I'm actually quite appalled. He lives the disloyalty he sings about. Foster was deluding herself to think he would be faithful and not sleep with one of her bridesmaids as he did. Changing one's self with plastic surgery for such a man is in vain, because cheating is a way of life to such a person. Keeping a man like that faithful is a joke. They have to want to be faithful.