The perpetrator claimed that every patient reacts differently to treatments.
On February 28th, 2021, police in Bangkok arrested Mr. Thanapiphat, or “Dr. Dam”, aged 41 in relation to a warrant from December 2015. The charges included causing injury through negligent medical practice and practicing medicine without proper licensing.
Mr. Thanapiphat was employed at a beauty clinic in the Din Daeng district of Bangkok. He pretended to be a doctor, calling himself “Dr. Dam”. He mainly performed botox injection treatments for patients.
On May 14th, 2014, Mr. Thanapiphat injected Botox filler in the cheek, forehead, and jaw of one victim. The victim later had burning all around their face and the area became badly infected.
In a second treatment from May 23rd, 2014, another patient had Botox injected in their cheek and a nasal filler treatment. The victim felt pain the bridge of the nose. Their right eye was inflamed and had constant tears and blurred vision. They also developed nausea and would vomit uncontrollably. The victim later became blind in their right eye.
This victim filed an official police complaint and an investigation got underway at the clinic. But the clinic shuttered its doors quickly after, stifling the investigation.
Mr. Thanapiphat is not listed in any medical professional registry in Thailand. When he was arrested, he confessed that he’s not a doctor, but that he had been a nurse in the past. He claimed that the “body of each person reacts differently to injections” as an excuse for why victims suffered medical issues after treatment.
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My take: How could the victims have avoided this situation? It’s hard to say. The clinic isn’t named in this report, but I wonder if the place had reviews. Or if this clinic was advertising its treatments for below the market rate, which I suppose would be a red flag.
Unfortunate that one victim went blind in one eye. Would justice here be eye for an eye?
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