A beloved City Correction captain has died after undergoing plastic surgery at a Dominican clinic run by a doctor who once pleaded guilty to practicing unauthorized medicine.
Tundra Bowser-Williams promised her husband he would love the results of her procedure before she traveled to Santo Domingo to go under the knife on May 13, her stricken wife Curtis Williams told the Daily News.
But a day after the fat transfer surgery, Williams got a call from a nurse at the United Hearts Clinic, about a mile from where she had the work done. The nurse told him that his wife, who was in the nail correction business, had a mild stroke.
“They got my wife out of the doctors-induced coma so she could unlock her phone, and that’s how she was able to call me,” Williams recalls.
As he wrapped his mind around what he was told, Williams grew anxious.
“I heard my wife in the background, and she was complaining about her stomach and her backside.”
The 49-year-old mother passed away before her husband arrived on the Caribbean island to be by her side.
Her surgeon, Dr. Hector Cabral Williams, said she had suffered a severe stroke that “swallowed her brain”.
The news account of Bowser-Williams’ final hours was compiled from interviews with her family, friends, and co-workers and viewing of medical billing papers. Her death does not appear to be under investigation.
Her husband said Bowser Williams was confident in Cabral’s abilities despite his previous conflict with the law.
Cabral was indicted by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman In 2011 he screened at least 10 women at spas and beauty salons in Washington Heights without a license, then lured them to the Dominican Republic due to operations that left some of them disfigured, legal papers said.
He pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized practice of medicine but struck a deal with prosecutors not to go to jail. Instead, Cabral was fined $5,000, ordered to pay $23,055 in compensation and complete 250 hours of community service in the Dominican Republic.
When he returned to Santo Domingo, he opened the Centro Internacional de Cirugia Plastica Avanzada, the clinic where Bowser-Williams performed the surgery.
Fat transfers and full of dangers It is claimed that Brazilian butt lifts are some of the clinic’s specialties.
In 2017, New York City Health department alert Of the eight people in the five boroughs who underwent surgery at the Cabral Clinic and went home with a skin infection.
Cabral and his staff did not respond to multiple requests for comment in the Bowser-Williams case.
The loss of the veteran correction officer is acutely felt at the Anna M. Cross Center on Rikers Island, where Bowser Williams worked.
“She was always a good captain, she never tried to escape from work, she always worked in prisons, she always worked with the inmates,” recalls Patrick Virayolo, president of the Correctional Captains Syndicate.
“It is a real loss. She definitely does not deserve this. She was a soldier.”
Recalling his wife’s “steel nerves,” Williams said she was a dedicated mother, raising a son with her sister, a young nephew, and three adopted children.
“Everyone is in a daze. It was the heart, the lifeblood of the family. Heartbeat,” he said.
Williams told The News that Cabral’s clinic paid for Williams’ travel and other costs associated with his wife’s death, even paying the bill for the Dominican funeral home that mummified her.
Medical billing papers from the clinic show Bowser-Williams still owes $400 for medication related to the surgery that cost her life.
Williams is now preparing to bury the woman he described as extroverted, tough and full of life – his partner since 1996. Despite her confident nature, he feels that his wife has fallen into the trap of expectations that society places on women’s bodies.
“Her words were exactly ‘You will love Dr. Cabral’s work.’ I didn’t care one way or the other. I accepted my wife as she was.”
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