NYC Dept. or Correction captain dies after plastic surgery

A beloved city correction captain died after undergoing plastic surgery at a Dominican clinic run by a doctor who once pleaded guilty to practicing illicit medicine.

Tandra Bowser-Williams promised her husband he would love the results of her procedure before flying to Santo Domingo on May 13 to go under the knife, her devastated husband Curtis Williams told the Daily News.

But a day after the fat removal surgery, Williams got a call from a nurse from the United Hearts Clinic, about a mile from where she’d had the work done. His wife, a tough corrections officer, had suffered a minor stroke, the nurse told him.

“They got my wife out of the artificial coma so she could unlock her phone so she could contact me,” Williams recalled.

As he wrapped his thoughts in what he was being told, Williams’ concern grew.

“I heard my wife in the background and she was complaining about her stomach and her ass.”

The 49-year-old mother was dead before her husband arrived on the Caribbean island to be by her side.

She suffered a massive stroke that “swallowed her brain,” her surgeon, Dr. Hector Cabral, told Williams.

The news report of Bowser-Williams’ final hours is compiled from interviews with her family, friends, colleagues and reviewing medical bills. Her death does not appear to be under investigation.

Bowser-Williams was confident in Cabral’s abilities despite his previous violation of the law, her husband told The News.

Cabral was charged in 2011 by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for examining at least 10 women at spas and beauty parlors in Washington Heights without a license, then luring them to the Dominican Republic for surgeries that maimed some. were, the legal papers detailed.

He pleaded guilty to one count of illicit drug use, but struck a no-prison deal with prosecutors. Instead, Cabral was fined $5,000, ordered to pay $23,055 in restitution, and complete 250 hours of community service in the Dominican Republic.

When he returned to Santo Domingo, he opened Centro Internacional de Cirugia Plastica Avanzada, the clinic where Bowser-Williams was operated.

Fat transfers and high-risk Brazilian Butt Lifts are said to be some of the clinic’s specialties

In 2017, the New York City Health Department warned of eight people in the five boroughs who had surgery at Cabral’s clinic and came home with skin infections.

Cabral and his staff have not returned multiple requests for comment on Bowser-Williams’ case.

The loss of an experienced corrections officer is deeply felt at the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island, where Bowser-Williams worked.

“She was always a good captain, never tried to escape her job, always worked in prisons, always worked with prisoners,” recalls Patrick Ferraiuolo, president of the Correction Captains union.

“It’s a real loss. She certainly didn’t deserve this. She was a soldier.”

Williams recalled his wife’s “nerves of steel” and said she was a devoted mother, raising a son with her two sisters, a young cousin and three foster children.

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

Cabral’s clinic paid for Williams’ travel and other expenses related to his wife’s death, even paying the bill for the Dominican funeral home that embalmed her, Williams told The News.

Medical billing papers from the clinic show Bowser-Williams was still owed $400 for medications related to the surgery that took her life.

Now Williams is preparing to bury the woman he described as outgoing, quirky and full of life — his partner since 1996. Despite her confident nature, he feels his wife has become entangled in society’s expectations of women’s bodies.

“Her exact words to me were, ‘You’ll love Dr. Cabral’s work.’ Somehow I didn’t care. I accepted my wife as she was.”

Important news

Important news

As it happens

Get updates on the coronavirus pandemic and other news as it happens with our free email alerts for breaking news.

Leave a Comment