NYC Department of Corrections Captain Tandra Bowser-Williams Plastic Surgery Operation Hector Cabral
A NYC Corrections captain has died after going under the knife in the Dominican Republican Republican at the hands of a plastic surgeon prosecuted in New York for performing procedures illegally in the United States.
Tandra Bowser-Williams, 49, who worked on Rikers Island, suffered a “minor stroke” on May 13 after her fat transfer procedure at Dr. Hector Cabral in Santo Domingo.
dr. Cabral pleaded guilty to one count of illicit practice of medicine in New York in October 2011 and then returned to the Dominican Republic, where he continues to practice.
Butt lifts and fat transfers are some of the clinic’s specialties.
Correction Department Captain Tandra Bowser-Williams, 49, who worked on Rikers Island, died after undergoing plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic
Bowser-Williams underwent a fat graft, operated on by Dr. Hector Cabral, pictured
Tragically, she died before her devastated husband Curtis Williams could fly to the island clinic to be by her side.
Days earlier, his companion of 26 years had promised him that he would love the results of her procedure, but then he received a call from a nurse at the United Hearts Clinic that his wife had suddenly fallen ill.
“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,” Williams told the Daily news.
“They got my wife out of the artificial coma so she could unlock her phone so she could contact me,” he explained.
Williams was told by her surgeon that a stroke had “swallowed her brain.”
Husband, Curtis Williams, left, was told his wife had suffered a ‘major stroke’ but couldn’t be at her bedside before dying
“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,” Williams said. They were together for 26 years
Williams told the news that his wife was a devoted mother with “nerves of steel” raising her own son along with her two sisters, a young cousin and three foster children.
Cabral was previously charged with illicit drug practice in New York in 2011.
“Everyone is distraught. She was the heart, the lifeline of the family. The heartbeat,’ he said.
Her colleagues at Rikers also paid tribute to Bowser-Williams.
“She was always a good captain, never tried to escape her job, always worked in prisons, always worked with prisoners,” Patrick Ferraiuolo, president of the Correction Captains union, told the Daily News. ‘It’s a real loss. She certainly didn’t deserve this. She was a soldier.’
It doesn’t appear Bowser-Williams’s death is under investigation, but Cabral had trouble with the law before being charged in 2011 by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Cabral escaped jail after making a deal with prosecutors and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $23,055 in restitution and provide 250 hours of community service in the Dominican Republic
Cabral had examined at least 10 women in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan at local spas and beauty salons without a license before luring them to the Dominican Republic for surgery.
Some of the women were left behind with mutilated legal papers revealed.
Cabral avoided jail after making a deal with prosecutors and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $23,055 in restitution and provide 250 hours of community service in the Dominican Republic.
In 2017, at least four women also died during surgery with Cabral at the same clinic, while eight New Yorkers who had surgery at his clinic developed skin infections.
In July 2018, Katherine Jacqueline Pérez Minaya traveled from the US to Cabral’s clinic and suffered a fatal heart attack during surgery.
The clinic has been closed several times over allegations of faulty procedures causing deaths before reopening.