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British woman dies after surgery in Turkey

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Abimbola Ajoke Bamgbose traveled to the city of Izmir, above, to receive liposuction. (Wikimedia Commons)
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LONDON: A British woman died due to complications resulting from a common surgical procedure she received in Turkey, the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper reported on Thursday.

Abimbola Ajoke Bamgbose bought an overseas package deal with Turkish company Mono Cosmetic Surgery, and traveled to the city of Izmir to receive liposuction.

But she experienced stomach pains after the surgery, and was rushed to the hospital then had to undergo further surgery to address the complications. She later died.

An inquest found that Bamgbose suffered perforations to the bowel and multiple organ failure.

A hearing was told that such complications are extremely rare in the UK, having had a maximum of five in the last decade, but that it could be more common in places such as Turkey.

Bamgbose’s husband said he was not supportive in the first place of his wife traveling to Turkey for surgery, but rushed there when he was told there had been complications.

“It wasn’t until I got there the medical director told me candidly it was serious. The clinic was just telling me everything was fine,” he said.

“It was just then he confessed it had been a mistake and there had never been such a mistake before.”

He said his wife had paid Mono Cosmetic Surgery $6,850 for the package, and he is suing the company and the surgeon responsible for $1.37 million. Proceedings have been issued in Turkish courts.

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