A 24-year-old British woman has died at a beauty clinic in Thailand after apparently undergoing cosmetic surgery on her tailbone.
The woman, named locally as Joy Noah Williams, stopped breathing after being given an anesthetic during an operation on Thursday night, according to the country's health ministry.
Dr Sompob Saensiri, 51, a surgeon at the clinic has been arrested amid claims he was not qualified to carry out the procedure, Public Health ministry executive Boonruang Triruangworawat said.
According to investigators this was the woman's second visit to the clinic. On the first occasion she was given Bodytite liposuction treatments.
BodyTite works by inserting a tube under the skin which melts fat using radio waves before it is sucked out. Police and forensic officers were called to the SP Clinic in the Huay Kwang district of Bangkok at around 11pm yesterday to reports that a woman had stopped breathing.
The officers found the victim lying on an operating table on the first floor of the four-storey clinic, but were unable to revive her.
According to police, there was a three inch-long stitched incision on her tail bone. The body was taken to the Police General Hospital for a post mortem examination.
Pol Maj Gen Ittipol Piriyapinyo told reporters that the woman had asked for a corrective procedure to her tailbone area and had visited the clinic before.
According to the Bangkok Post, she died receiving an intravenous anaesthetic.
Officers are questioning staff and doctors at the premises, and trying to establish whether the clinic was stocked with the correct life-saving equipment.
Thailand is known for its affordable cosmetic procedures, but there have been several deaths as a result of botched surgeries.
Lardprao police they have notified the British embassy and have sent her body to the Police Institute of Forensic Medicine for autopsy.