Woman dies in Thailand during cosmetic surgery procedure

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A British woman has died in Thailand whilst having cosmetic surgery.

The English woman, who has not been named but was in her 20s died whilst under anaesthesia during a cosmetic procedure in Bangkok, according to Thai officials.

Police were called to the scene at around 11pm on Thursday and said the woman had stopped breathing after receiving the anaesthetic.

The doctor who performed the surgery, Sompob Saensiri, has been arrested and charged with causing death by reckless endangerment, a charge which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years’ jail. According to the local authorities he did not have the correct certificates to perform anaesthesia.

Consultant plastic surgeon Michael Cadier, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: “This tragic case highlights how, if lured by the prospect of what is essentially ‘cheap surgery,’ patients can be left vulnerable.

“Standards for healthcare may vary, and patients frequently undergo ‘consultations’ with company representatives who have no medical background and are, therefore, not being given the appropriate knowledge in order to give informed consent.”

The young woman had reportedly been unhappy with the first procedure and was having corrective work to her tailbone area, she was found with a three inch stitched incision on her lower back.

The clinic has been closed since the death and the owner Dr Sompob Saensiri is being questioned by police.  

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