Fake doctor arrested for breast augmentation operation which killed trans woman Jiratchaya Kampoon

Jiratchaya Kampoon

Thanatpong Jittheerapirom, 29, was apprehended today for a botched, illegal breast enhancement operation on transgender woman Jiratchaya Kampoon. The beautiful 22-year-old transgender woman who paid the clinic 35,000 (THB) or $1,000 (USD) for the operation failed to regain consciousness after the surgery. Thai media reports referring to her problematically as a “Ladyboy”  a term often equated with the pejorative “Tranny” has slowed discovery of the crime.

Jiratchaya Kampoon

Jiratchaya Kampoon / Bangkok Post

Khaosod English reports that an autopsy found that Jiratchaya Kampoon died Sunday, October 29th, of brain asphyxia after a lung collapsed, according to Prasert Kitsuwanrat, a physician with the Lampang Public Health Office.

Jittheerapirom originally from Khannayao district in Bangkok, was apprehended during a raid on his condominium unit on Pattaya Sai Sam Road on Saturday by Crime Suppression Division police. According to the bangkokpost Jittheerapirom doesn’t have a medical degree but felt sufficiently trained after observing the operation performed by licensed doctors.

Jittheerapirom was arrested on manslaughter charges which are punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

Jiratchaya Kampoon

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The outwardly impressive, confidence inspiring “Divine Clinic” which some Thai media referred to diminutively as “backstreet” was open for 8 months illegally after failing to obtain a permit in April.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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