A British woman has died while undergoing cosmetic surgery, Thai officials have said. Joy Williams, 24, stopped breathing while being under anaesthesia during a procedure at a clinic in Bangkok on Thursday, an official said.
The incident happened at the SP Clinic on Lat Phrao Rd, Huai Khwang district in Bangkok which has now been closed pending investigation.
The doctor performing the operation, Sompob Sansiri, has been charged with recklessly causing the woman’s death and bailed, police said. The British Foreign Office said it had been informed of the death and was “ready to provide consular assistance”.
Ms Williams was having minor corrective surgery to her back after a previous operation, officers said. The director general of Thailand’s health service support department, Boonruang Triruangworawat, said attempts had been made to revive the woman when she stopped breathing but to no avail.
The Thai Ministry of Health said it would file a charge of operating an unlicensed clinic because the facility was not licensed to operate at night. The SP Clinic has been shut down for 60 days while the death is investigated.
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