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Mother died after liposuction surgery in Turkey

A mother-of-three who died following liposuction in Turkey underwent the treatment because she was fed up of people asking if she was pregnant, her husband told an inquest.

Abimbola Ajoke Bamgbose, a 38-year-old social worker from Dartford, Kent, passed away in August after buying an overseas package deal with Mono Cosmetic Surgery. 

Her husband Moyosore Olowo told the hearing that his wife had not said she was travelling to Turkey to undergo the liposuction as well as a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL).

Instead, Mr Olowo believed his wife was simply going on holiday with her friends.

It was only after she had undergone the treatment in Izmir that Mrs Bamgbose called her husband to say she was suffering from stomach pains following the procedure

Abimbola Ajoke Bamgbose, a 38-year-old social worker from Dartford, Kent, passed away in August after buying an overseas package deal with Mono Cosmetic Surgery

Her husband Moyosore Olowo (seen with Ms Bamgbose) told the hearing that his wife had not said she was travelling to Turkey to undergo the liposuction as well as a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

Mr Olowo said: 'I wasn't happy to know after she had done it. I told her: "You have had it now, when you get home we will discuss it further".'

Describing his wife's reason for wanting the treatment, he said: 'When a woman is unhappy and getting feelings about her looks, the clothes she buys do not fit and people ask if she is pregnant because of her tummy, sometimes there is nothing we can do, we are powerless.

'I wasn't concerned. I told her "You have three children", I told her my tummy is bigger than hers, "Why are you bothered about having surgery?"'

Mr Olowo said his wife had visited a private medical practice in the UK but that the cost had been too high for her to have the treatment carried out there.

He was forced to travel to Turkey after his wife stopped calling him and he was unable to find out about her well-being.

Mr Olowo believed his wife (seen with their three children) was simply going on holiday with her friends when she travelled to Turkey

Mr Olowo said his wife had visited a private medical practice in the UK but that the cost had been too high for her to have the treatment carried out there

Mr Olowo said that after he arrived he found she had been rushed to hospital and had undergone further surgery.

He added: '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. 

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

The inquest heard that a post-mortem examination found that Mrs Bamgbose suffered perforations to the bowel and a cause of death was given as peritonitis with multiple organ failure as a complication of liposuction surgery.

The hearing was told that such perforations were a rare complication in the UK, with about three to five cases in the past decade, but that it might be more common abroad.

The inquest heard that a post-mortem examination found that Mrs Bamgbose (pictured) suffered perforations to the bowel and a cause of death was given as peritonitis with multiple organ failure as a complication of liposuction surgery

Mr Olowo (seen with his wife and children) previously said he is suing Mono Cosmetic Surgery and the surgeon responsible, Dr Hakan Aydogan, for £1million, claiming medical negligence

Recording a narrative conclusion, assistant coroner Alan Blunsdon said: 'This is a tragic case, the more so because the surgery was elective cosmetic surgery.

'Whilst Mrs Bamgbose was determined to have it performed, her husband had not seen it in any way as necessary.

'Although he was supportive if she was to have the surgery in England, he was very concerned about any decision to have the surgery abroad, which was the explanation why she had concealed the surgery from him and masked her trip to Turkey as a holiday with some girlfriends.'

Mr Olowo previously said he is suing Mono Cosmetic Surgery and the surgeon responsible, Dr Hakan Aydogan, for £1million, claiming medical negligence. 

Proceedings have been issued in the Turkish courts.

He said that his wife had paid £5,000 for the package with Mono.

WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION AND WHAT ARE THE DANGERS?

PURPOSE: 

Liposuction removes fat from areas such as the abdomen, arms, buttocks, calves, chest, back, hips, thighs, neck, and very occasionally breasts.

The procedure reduces the number of fat cells in a specific area. The amount of fat removed depends on the appearance of the area and the volume of fat.

HOW IT'S DONE:

There are a few ways of doing it. 

The most common is 'tumescent liposuction':

  1. Surgeon injects a sterile solution (salt water to help fat removal, anesthetic to relieve pain, and epinephrine to constrict blood vessels) into the area that's being treated. The fluid causes the affected area to swell and stiffen.
  2. The surgeon then makes small cuts into the skin, inserting a thin tube called a cannula. The cannula is connected to a vacuum sucking fat and fluids out of the body. 
  3. Patients can later be given an IV drip to replenish their body fluids.

RISKS: 

If done in the wrong hands, liposuction can carry a number of risks, many life-threatening. 

Patients can suffer heart problems due to a shift in fluid levels as fluids are being injected in and suctioned out. 

Depending on the location of the operation, there could be a risk of puncturing an internal organ with the cannula.

Some botched operations have led to fat embolisms - when pieces of loosened fat might break away and become trapped in a blood vessel and gather in the lungs or travel to the brain. 

Skin infections are also possible, though rare.

Aesthetically, surgeons with little or poor experience could leave patients with bumpy, wavy or withered skin due to uneven fat removal, poor skin elasticity and unusual healing.  

They could tamper with nerves, causing permanent numbness in the affected area.

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