Joy Williams was described by friends as a “bright and caring girl,” who was battling self esteem issues. The 24-year-old Londoner, originally from Lagos, Nigeria, died from complications after butt enhancement surgery in Bangkok.
Sompob Sansiri, the unlicensed doctor who performed the surgery, was charged Saturday (Oct. 25) with negligence in Williams’ death.
Williams paid £2,000 ($3, 217.70) for the surgery. She came back to have the silicone implants removed a couple days after the procedure. She died during the second procedure.
Reports The UK Telegraph:
Colonel Chayut said Miss Williams’ corrective surgery had been delayed so the clinic could be sure she had not eaten anything for several hours prior to surgery and the operation did not begin until after the clinic’s legal closing time of 7pm.
While in Bangkok, Miss Williams was staying at the £11 a-night Vabua Asotel hotel, which is used by the clinic as accommodation for its patients.
Staff at the hotel said she was a quiet resident who had returned from her first operation in her green surgical gown.
It was her third visit to Thailand, officials said, but it is not known if she had surgery when she was there in May 2011 and October 2012.
She had found the clinic on the internet and contacted Dr Sompob by email before making her travel plans.
Miss Williams lived with her mother Christie, step father and younger brothers Toby and Godwin. Another sister now lives in Germany.
Williams had been “bullied over her appearance,” according to a friend. She had also undergone surgery on her nose and face. “She was fine the way she was but she just wasn’t happy,” a friend said. “She had no self esteem and I guess she felt she needed to do it. She was just never happy with herself.”
Butt enhancement procedures have killed patients before. Last year, a 28-year-old Florida woman died after getting two rounds of butt injections from a man pretending to be a doctor.