Apryl Brown revealed to American news site CNN.com that she had always been teased about her 'flat butt'.
"A voice just came to me like, 'What are you doing? Are you serious?"
Growing up, she always wanted a fuller posterior and even had a mantra, "When I get me some money, I am going to get me some butt."
In 2004, while Apryl was working as a successful hairstylist, a chance meeting with a client seemed to make all her dreams come true; they could offer her filler-injections at a reduced price.
Jumping at the chance to get a plumper-looking butt, on the cheap, Apryl soon found herself lying face down in someone's house, receiving her first of four injections into her butt cheeks.
But, by the second session, she realised she had made a huge mistake.
"A voice just came to me like, 'What are you doing? Are you serious? You are going to allow somebody to inject something into your body and you have no idea what it is.'"
When Apryl's buttocks were tested, it was revealed that she'd been injected with bathroom caulk, which caused her flesh to harden and discolour. She was in pain for over five years.
In 2010, a staph infection connected to the fillers landed her in the hospital, which caused Apryl's limbs to 'curl up and turn black'.
["I remember thinking] 'Oh, my God. I am going to lose my hands'. I looked at my feet ,and they were dead, too."
Doctors had no choice but to amputate Apryl's hands, feet, and the flesh around her buttocks. had to learn how to do everything over again and can live independently with the help of an aide.
According to WIPTV 5, Brown isn't asking for pity. Instead, she's trying to spread the message that people should do their research before they decide to go under the syringe.
"All I would ask them to do is, when you have that first thought, make sure they have a second thought about it and do a little research. And if they still want to do it, go for it.
"They won't be blind sighted, saying, 'Oh, my God, I had no idea that a simple procedure like that can leave me with no hands, no feet and no butt cheeks.'"
Apryl has a new mission in life to spread the word about what happened to her and a different mantra: "We are enough and we were made to be enough."
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