Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:53 am
The family of a Nigerian-British girl who died while having cheap plastic surgery in Thailand have revealed that they didn’t know she went there.
Joy Williams, 23, from Thamesmead, died on October 23 after travelling to Bangkok to have £2,000 buttock augmentation surgery. She even stayed in a £11-a-night Vabua Asotel hotel, used by the clinic as accommodation for its patients. Good buttock surgery costs between 7000 and 8000 pounds averagely, doctors said.
Miss Williams’s older brother Anietie, 28, told Daily Mail on phone from Lagos that he had been looking forward to her visiting him in Nigeria this Christmas.
He said: ‘We don’t really know what went wrong, we only know what is in reports in the media. She was a very nice and caring person.
She brought joy to people’s lives. She was a beautiful girl, loved by everybody. We will miss her so much.’
He added that the family were still making preparations to bring Miss Williams’s body home and that his brother was planning to fly to Thailand and return to London with it.
Miss Williams, who was born in Lagos, settled in Thamesmead with her mother Christie in 2007 and had been to Thailand twice before choosing to visit for surgery.
She initially visited the SP clinic, which she found on the internet, on October 14 to have the operation which she hoped would give her a bigger, fuller bottom.
A few days later her wounds became infected and she returned to have corrective surgery to remove the silicon implants.
But she was found dead on the operating table with a three inch-long stitched incision on her tail bone after medical staff found they were unable to resuscitate her.
The doctor who carried out the procedure, Sompob Sansiri, 51, was later arrested and accused of negligence after it was found that he had been carrying out night-time surgery without a licence.
He has now been charged with recklessness causing death and could face 10 years in jail if found guilty.
The clinic has been closed for 60 days while investigations are carried out.
Thailand is a world-leader in cosmetic surgery tourism with many companies offering procedures at discounts of up to 60 per cent.
The industry earned the country £2.68billion in 2013 alone.
Deaths from buttock surgeries, especially cheap quick-fixes, have been on the rise globally.
Joy Williams was the second Nigerian girl to die in search of a medical buttock enhancement. Three years ago, another British Nigerian girl, Claudia Aderotimi, 20 years old, flew to Philadelphia to have her buttock enhanced. The rising hip-hop star and dancer died after the illegal cosmetic procedure
Claudia, of Hackney, East London, suffered chest pains after the injections and died in hospital.
*Culled from Mail Online