Death by cosmetic surgery: Fake doctors

She only wanted bigger more beautiful hips but the 30,000 baht she saved with a fake doctor cost her her life.


Photo of a woman with an ideal female body shape and hip-waist ratio (Source: Wikipedia).

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Quack's cosmetic 'care' leaves woman in coma

20/09/2012

Athitaya Eiamyai, 33, went to an unlicensed cosmetic surgeon for collagen injections to increase the size of her hips and make her figure more shapely. Instead, she ended up in the hospital, close to death and under the care of real doctors.

A man known as Dr Pop injected the collagen into her hipline area at a condominium unit in Lat Phrao area on Sunday.

In just a few minutes, Ms Athitaya lost consciousness and the quack "doctor" could not wake her up.

She was sent to Lat Phrao Hospital where real doctors said her heart had stopped beating and her brain was deprived of oxygen for about four minutes.

Ms Athitaya, who normally works as a freelance emcee and goods introducer, was later transferred to Kluaynamthai Hospital, where she remains in the intensive care unit. The prognosis for her recovery is not good and doctors say she may become a "sleeping beauty." 

A report in the Daily News newspaper said Ms Athitaya chose to get hip augmentation collagen injections from Dr Pop because he charged only 40,000 baht, compared to around 70,000 baht charged by a licensed cosmetic surgery clinic.

Her mother, Rabieb Pinklub, said Ms Athitaya can open her eyes, but cannot move. A doctor had told the family to prepare for the worst and that she may die.

Ms Rabieb warned people thinking of enhancing their beauty through the injection of some foreign substance into their body to be sure to get the service from legal hospitals or clinics. Otherwise they could end up like her daughter.

(Source: Local News, Quack's cosmetic 'care' leaves woman in coma, 20/09/2012, link)


Female Body Shape Vocabulary

shape (noun) - รูปร่าง
shapely (adjective) - having a nice shape that is nice to look at, pleasing to the eye 

figure - the shape of a woman's body รูปร่างของผู้หญิง
make her figure more shapely

figure - Same as "female body shape"

female body shape -  determined by the shape of the skeleton and the quantity and distribution of muscle and fat on the body, there is a wide range of normality of female body shapes: "Human beings and cultures have perennially focused attention on the female body as a source of aesthetic pleasure, sexual attraction, fertility, and reproduction. There are, and have been, wide differences on what should be considered an ideal or preferred body shape, both for attractiveness and for health reasons. These have varied among cultures simultaneously. Women's bodies occur in a range of shapes. Female figures are typically narrower at the waist than at the bust and hips. The bust, waist, and hips are called inflection points, and the ratios of their circumferences are used to define basic body shapes..." (See Wikipedia)

waist -
the narrow middle part of the human body where people where a belt เอว (See Wikipedia)
hips - the area below the waist and above the legs at either side of the body, or the joints which connect the legs to the upper part of the body ตะโพก (See Wikipedia)
increase the size of her hips

ratio - how big two numbers are when compared  อัตราส่วน, อัตราเปรียบเทียบ
waist-hip ratio - (See Wikipedia)

proportion -
the relative sizes of two things, the size of two things compared สัดส่วน
body proportions - (See Wikipedia)

body image
- how a person sees their own body and (See Wikipedia)

cosmetic - involving substances, treatments, etc. that which are intended to improve the appearance of your face or body ซึ่งทำให้สวยงาม
surgery - medical treatment in which a doctor cuts open someone's body การทำศัลยกรรม การผ่าตัด

cosmetic surgery -
surgery to change the appearance of a person's face or body, one part of "plastic surgery" (See Wikipedia)
cosmetic surgeon - a doctor trained in cosmetic surgery

license (noun) - an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something ใบอนุญาต
licensed (adjective) - having a license to do some activity

licensed cosmetic surgeon -
a comsetic surgeon who has a license (permission from the government) 
unlicensed cosmetic surgeona - comsetic surgeon who does not have a license (breaking the law)

clinics - places where people go to receive medical treatment
licensed cosmetic surgery
clinic
legal hospitals or
clinics

collagen - a protein that is an important part of the skin (See Wikipedia)
injection -
putting medicine into the blood with a needle (using a syringe) การฉีดยา
collagen injections - injections used to make the skin look younger (also used in skin cream)

hipline -
the area around the waist where people wear a belt
hipline area
injected the collagen into her hipline area

coma - สภาพไม่รู้สึกตัวของผู้ป่วย, อาการหมดสติที่ยาวนาน (See Wikipedia)
quack's cosmetic 'care' leaves woman in coma

end up - to be in some condition or situation, at the "end" after a series of event
she ended up in the hospital, close to death  

Athitaya Eiamyai, 33, went to an unlicensed cosmetic surgeon for collagen injections to increase the size of her hips and make her figure more shapely. Instead, she ended up in hospital, close to death and under the care of real doctors. A man known as Dr Pop injected the collagen into her hipline area at a condominium unit in Lat Phrao area on Sunday.

lost consciousness - to be like you are asleep and not knowing what is happening (after accident, for example); be unconscious ไม่รู้สึกตัว

quack - some who is not a real doctor (either cheating people or using unscientific medicine) หมอเถื่อน, แพทย์เถื่อน (See Wikipedia)
quack doctor

deprived -
not having something
deprived of oxygen -
not having oxygen (needed for body to live)

her brain was deprived of oxygen for about four minutes

In just a few minutes, Ms Athitaya lost consciousness and the quack "doctor" could not wake her up. She was sent Lat Phrao Hospital where real doctors said her heart had stopped beating and her brain was deprived of oxygen for about four minutes.

freelance -
doing the work for a project or contract for a limited time (not a fulltime employee of a company or organization)
emcee -
a person on a stage who introduces the next performer or speaker in a show

freelance emcee
 
goods introducer  

transferred - moved โยกย้าย
transferred to Kluaynamthai Hospital

intensive
- involving a lot of effort, energy, or attention
intensive care
intensive care unit (ICU) - the place in a hospital for people with very bad health problems who might die (See Wikipedia)

remains - still doing something (has not finished) or existing in a place (has not moved)
she remains in the intensive care unit

prognosis
- an opinion or feeling about how something will develop in the future (usually a disease)
recovery
- becoming strong and healthy again after an illness or a problem ฟื้นฟู

The prognosis for her recovery is not good

sleeping beauty - 1. a beautiful woman who is sleeping; 1 a woman in a coma (permanent or long-term sleep); 3. the princess in a fairy tale waiting for a prince to kiss her so she can wake up (See Wikipedia)

Ms Athitaya, who normally works as a freelance emcee and goods introducer, was later transferred to Kluaynamthai Hospital, where she remains in the intensive care unit. The prognosis for her recovery is not good and doctors say she may become a "sleeping beauty." 

augment (verb) - add size to something
augmentation (noun)

hip augmentation - making the hips bigger and wider
hip augmentation collagen injections

A report in the Daily News newspaper said Ms Athitaya chose to get hip augmentation collagen injections from Dr Pop because he charged only 40,000 baht, compared to around 70,000 baht charged by a licensed cosmetic surgery clinic.

a doctor had told the family to prepare for the worst

Her mother, Rabieb Pinklub, said Ms Athitaya can open her eyes, but cannot move. A doctor had told the family to prepare for the worst and that she may die.

enhance
enhancing their beauty


injection

foreign
substance
foreign substance

the injection of some foreign substance into their body


they could end up like her daughter.

injection - putting a liquid, especially a drug, into a person's body using a needle and a syringe การฉีดยา
substance - based on accurate or true information มีมูล


Ms Rabieb warned people thinking of enhancing their beauty through the injection of some foreign substance into their body to be sure to get the service from legal hospitals or clinics. Otherwise they could end up like her daughter.

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