BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
San Mateo County authorities are extraditing a Florida woman who is accused of injecting silicone in the rear end of a Kim Kardashian lookalike from Burlingame who later died.
Christina Ashten Gourkani, 34, was a social media influencer and model who was best known for her work as a Kim Kardashian lookalike.
However, she wanted to appear even more like Kardashian, who famously has a large behind, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Gourkani hired Vivian Gomez, 50, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to assist her with her buttocks enhancement. Gomez does not have a license to practice medicine.
Gomez traveled to a Burlingame hotel and gave Gourkani “several injections” of what is believed to have been just silicone on April 19, according to DA Steve Wagstaffe. The coroner’s office is still investigating Gourkani’s death, Wagstaffe said. Shortly thereafter, Gourkani began having health issues, and according to her family’s GoFundMe, she died in the early hours of April 20 from a heart attack.
Gourkani, who went by Ashten, is remembered by her family on their GoFundMe as a caring and loving free spirit who always tried to get others to smile. She would often seek out the person sitting alone and go speak with them, her family recalled. She was a licensed insurance agent and had a social media presence, according to her website.
Gomez was arrested on April 20 at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. She will be extradited to Redwood City sometime in the next month. Once she appears in court, she will be charged with involuntary manslaughter and practicing medicine without a license resulting in great bodily injury.
Getting cosmetic butt enhancement injections of a toxic substance from a non-physician in a hotel room, is even dumber than buying seafood of of the trunk of a car parked in the desert.
I see wht you did there!
I am very sad that this happened to her. She was too young to have a heart attack. I don’t know why she used someone outside of California, especially in the Bay Area where there are hundreds of plastic surgeons and injections for these procedures aren’t that high. Southern California and Santa Barbara have a ton of plastic surgeons.
It makes me angry that a woman with no license had zero regard for another human just to earn $500 -$1500. The autopsy should show whether it was the injection that caused the heart attack or if she had an underlying health condition.
She was a beautiful woman – who didn’t have to look like someone else. She is her own person but she bought into the lie that being herself isn’t enough so let’s look like Kim Kardashian. It’s a never ending pursuit to try to be someone you’re not.
But it’s her life and those were her choices. No one deserves to die due to someone else’s carelessness. My deepest condolences to the family.
Sorry about this woman’s death, but it seems she brought this upon herself.
A GoFundMe was done. Of course. The family has no shame.
If she had money for all those different surgeries then I’m sure there’s some insurance somewhere
Getting these type of injections is not expensive and it’s not considered a real surgery. These injections cost anywhere from $500-$1500 a session. Anybody can afford that. Insurance is not gonna cover anything either because they will say she did this to herself.
Very rude of you to say this…. The audacity to disrespect a family who’s mourning of their loss. Imagine it was you who died. Karma a B**** What comes out of your mouth, karma will always remember this……
Vy when you get your cosmetic medical procedures at an airport hotel from someone you found on Craigslist, there’s probably no insurance anywhere. Have a friend who’s a teacher who gets Botox four times a year as a medical benefit.
It’s important to research everyone to make sure they are qualified to treat you, and should be in a medical setting.
Problem my notice right off the bat is that she wanted to be a Kardashian come on now stupid is stupid does
It is nice to have aspirations, but if you’re going to dream, shoot for something a lot higher than being a Kardashian.
The person saying stupid is as stupid does is a real piece of work if it whereba member of their family they would want all the sympathy and kind words to be spoken about their family member Hrow The Hell Up Jave a heart oh I forgot people like this don’t have one .
OK, I know you have a right to your opinion, but her family has to read your opinion. Do you think maybe you could tone it down? For instance, stupid is as stupid does. Sometimes, we take chances in our lives that may cost us our lives. A little compassion or maybe some emphaty.
Look at what god says about talking negatively about the dead.
She had money for hella surgeries but no money to pay for funeral arrangements?
This may not be a popular reply, but why her family has the nerve to raise money and elicit sympathy when none of these procedures that she had done were necessary, did not make her look more attractive, and were some crazy obsession is beyond me. There are people starving in this world and people who need medical procedures to save their lives not to look ridiculous. If she was so nice and caring and kind maybe she should have worked for the Peace corps instead of spending her money that other people could use to do something as simple as eat. Narcissism and vanity have a price. She paid it.
Agree with you Stephanie,She took it
Way too far,She could of Had all the surgeries in the world and she was never going to be Kim Kardashian
It’s her money she could spend it how she wants furthermore just because she had enhancement surgeries doesn’t mean that her family had the means to pay for her funeral. No matter the reason a life was lost and the family is hurting so instead of passing judgement how about keeping your mouth shut if you have nothing nice to say. RIP and my condolences to her grieving friends and family while you navigate through this heartbreaking loss.
I find it really sad that the family is trying to gain financial sympathy from the death of their family member that chose to get a medical procedure in a hotel room. The person whom is responsible for doing this medical procedure is going to pay in more ways than she will even imagine for a small financial come up. But the bigger picture is the Fact that this world is going to hell in a hand basket. Both women are wrong for their choices and it’s truly sad that one lost her life and the other one will lose her life as freedom and tax payers will have to pay to feed her and house her as she rots in jail. All because of bad choices they both made. We can only be as good as the people that taught us.
It’s sad that a person would go to the extent of losing their life in an effort to look like a tv personality who is popular simply because she sits around all day primping and trying to get her butt as big and as round as humanly possible. What an utter waste of a life, dying trying to emulate someone like Kim k. Really?
To all those throwing shade at the woman who performed the procedure, how about looking at the woman who asked for it? Nobody wants to take personal accountability these days. If that woman won’t on a show like “Botched” the Dr.s would tell her to stop with the surgeries already. There is a reason she went to a hotel room with someone who wasn’t qualified. Anyone who was would do what she wanted done. That being said, there are risks with EVERY surgery. You have to sign a waiver and you can die from something simple. Also, Brazilian Butt Lifts/Enhancement have the highest death rate of any other surgery. I’m not saying she deserved to die. But she knew the risks involved, and her vanity cost her her life. Sadly, it happens everyday. I really wish the world would stop watching the Kardashians. In 100 years every girl is going to look the same. It’s sickening.
*went on a show
* anyone who WAS qualified would NOT do what she wanted done
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Silicone Biopolymers have been used for several decades as an illicit method to enhance soft tissue volume in the body. The dangers of long term inflammation, skin fibrosis, granulomas, and soft tissue induration are real. Unfortunately, many of these individuals receive injections of this illegal substance from non-licensed practitioners. Our office has been treating these patients and reversing biopolymer BBL treatments for over a decade and try to help these individuals who have longterm complications.
Obviously the dearly departed had issues striving to deform her body so drastically.
Seems like there is more than one lesson that can be learned from this senseless death. Hopefully the bad choices made by these two woman bring some awareness to this problem and may help prevent someone else from making this choice
I’m seeing this from a 3 sides view, 1st is seeing that this family receives my sympathy for the loss of Christina, we need to console and pray for them and help them fund Christina’s funeral. 2nd is that Christina died in a work related situation, she was self employed and loved what she did and I’m 100,% sure she was good at it, that it’s for why she was known by many. Michael Jackson, Prince, Elvis and the many more famous people all have fallen victim like Christina, .. keeping up their image because it’s what makes them famous and followed by fans…..that in reality it’s why they fall victims to drug over doses, failed cosmetic surgeries, over worked leading to insomnia and depression or like Princess Diana chased by the poperatzi that caused her fatal accident…..3rd you ask me it’s not wether the doctors or driver’s were licensed or unlicensed the fact is they died way before their time and no one is more to blame than We the Fans are for whom should be blamed for pushing them far beyond their limits…