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06th Jun 2022

Heartbreak as corrections officer dies following Brazilian butt lift from unlicensed doctor

Kieran Galpin

The stroke ‘swallowed her brain’

A corrections officer in America has lost her life after reportedly receiving a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) from an unlicensed doctor.

It is believed that Tandra Bowser-Williams, 49, travelled to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on May 13 for the procedure, having told her husband Curtis that he would love “Dr Cabral’s work.”

Dr Hector Cabral opened his clinic, Centro Internacional de Cirugia Plastica Avanzada, after narrowly escaping jail time through a plea deal in 2011 where he pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorised practicing of medicine.

According to NY Daily News, Cabral was indicted more than a decade ago on two counts of operating without a medical license and conspiracy charges.

DR. Hector Cabral/Via Facebook

The doctor was accused of charging for consultations in New York, at which point he would refer them to his clinic in the Dominican Republic for discount surgeries. Many women were allegedly left disfigured.

“Her exact words to me were, ‘you’re gonna love Dr Cabral’s work,'” Curtis remembered his wife saying. “I didn’t care one way or another. I accepted my wife the way that she was.”

However after receiving the fat transfer, Bowser-Williams suffered an enormous stroke with doctors able to briefly bring her out of a “medically induced coma” to unlock her phone.

“That’s how she was able to get in touch with me,” Curtis explained, adding that her surgeon told him the stroke had “swallowed her brain.”

Unfortunately, Curtis was unable to make it to the Dominican Republic before his wife of 26-years died.

“Everybody is distraught. She was the heart, the lifeline of the family. The heartbeat,” he said.

Cabral’s clinic paid for travel and funeral expenses – but no formal investigation is underway.

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