Victim of cosmetics “doctor” dies

Athitiya Eiamyai put her trust in “Dr Pop,” an unlicensed beauty treatment specialist, to give her a more rounded figure. It ended up killing her.

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Athitiya Eiamyai lies in the hospital days before her death yesterday. Post Today photo.


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Victim of cosmetics “doctor” dies

Athitiya Eiamyai

As a product promoter, beauty was important to 33-year-old Athitiya Eiamyai.

Thus, a quick treatment to get a more rounded figure seemed like a good idea.

It wasn't. Athitiya put her trust in Thanat Natveerakul, or Dr Pop as he calls himself, who, it turned out, has no licence and no proper training to carry out figure-enhancing treatments.

On September 16, Mr Thanat injected an imported substance into Athitiya's buttocks at a condominium in Lat Phrao as part of a procedure to make her figure more curvaceous.

Within minutes she lost consciousness. Doctors said later that her heart stopped beating and her brain was starved of oxygen for at least four minutes.

Yesterday, at 10:35am, she died.

Suwinai Bussarakamwong, a director at Kluaynamthai Hospital, where Athitiya had been treated since Sept 18, said the woman had been relying on a ventilator to breathe. Her condition had steadily deteriorated over the past two weeks.

He said Athitiya's blood pressure dropped rapidly yesterday morning, and she did not respond to medication.

With the consent of Athitiya's parents, doctors turned off the ventilator.

Thanat Natveerakul, or Dr Pop, apologises to Athitiya's parents shortly after she was hospitalised. CHANAT KATANYU

Mr Thanat was initially charged with offering a medical service without holding a license, which has a maximum penalty of three years jail and a 30,000 baht fine, and also with illegally operating an unregistered clinic, which carries a maximum penalty of three years jail and a 60,000 baht fine.

Now, he is likely to face murder charges as well.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post

victim – someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
cosmetics – substances that you use to make yourself look more attractive   เครื่องสำอางค์
beauty – the quality of being beautiful or very good to look at  ความสวยงาม
treatment – the process of providing a particular type of medical care or, in this case, a process to make someone more beautiful การรักษา
figure – a shape, especially of a person รูปร่าง, รูปทรง
put trust in – to have a feeling of confidence in someone that shows you believe they are honest, fair or skilled and reliable  ให้ความเชื่อใจ, ให้ความไว้วางใจ
turn out – to be discovered to be; to prove to be กลับกลายเป็น
licence – an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something ใบอนุญาต
proper – right, appropriate or correct; according to the rules  เหมาะสม
enhance – to increase or further improve the good quality of someone/something เสริม
inject – to put a drug or another substance into your body through the skin  ฉีดยา
import – to buy or bring in products from another country นำเข้า
substance – a particular type of liquid, solid, or gas สาร
buttocks – one of the two round parts of your body that you sit on  บั้นท้าย, ก้น
procedure – a way of doing something  ขั้นตอนการดำเนินการ
curvaceous – of a woman whose body has attractive curves ส่วนโค้งส่วนเว้า
consciousness – awareness ความมีสติ, ความตระหนักรู้
beat – to make, or cause something to make, a regular sound or movement  เต้นเป็นจังหวะ
brain – the organ inside the head that controls movement, thought, memory and feeling  สมอง
starved – lacking; not having enough of something ขาด
rely on – to need something in order to continue living, existing, or operating อาศัย, พึ่งพาอาศัย
ventilator – a piece of equipment with a pump that helps somebody to breathe by sending air in and out of their lungs เครื่องช่วยหายใจ
condition – the physical state of a person, animal, thing or place สภาพ
steadily – gradually and in an even and regular way อย่างต่อเนื่อง, อย่างแน่วแน่
deteriorated – became worse ทรุดโทรม, เสื่อมโทรม, เลวลง, ชำรุด
blood pressure – the pressure at which blood flows from your heart around your body ความดันโลหิต,ความดันของเลือดที่มีต่อผนังภายในเส้นเลือด
rapidly – happening quickly อย่างรวดเร็ว
respond – to do something as a reaction ตอบสนอง, ตอบรับ
medication – a medicine, or a set of medicines or drugs used to improve a particular condition or illness ยารักษาโรค
consent –permission to do something  การยอมให้ทำ, การอนุญาต
initially – at first ในเบื้องต้น
charge – to accuse someone officially of committing a crime ตั้งข้อกล่าวหา
maximum – the most possible ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด
penalty – a punishment, or the usual punishment, for doing something that is against a law โทษ
fine – an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law ค่าปรับ
illegally – in a way that is against the law อย่างผิดกฎหมาย
operate – to carry out an activity like running a business ดำเนินการ
unregistered – not having a license or the correct papers to do something ไม่ได้ตีทะเบียน
murder – the crime of killing a person ฆาตกรรม

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