Women Dies While Doing £3,000 'Bottom Lift' at Turkish Clinic

Published August 29th, 2018 - 11:52 GMT
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A self-conscious mother who died after a £3,000 'bottom lift' at a Turkish clinic was paranoid about her stomach after having three children, her fiancé revealed today.

Leah Cambridge, 29, from Leeds, is believed to have suffered three heart attacks after the operation to lift and increase the size of her bottom at the Elite Aftercare Clinic in Izmir.

It is thought the mother of three died on the operating table at the celebrity clinic favoured by the cast of The Only Way Is Essex. 

Her partner of ten years Scott said Miss Cambridge wanted the op because she was self-conscious of weight around her stomach from giving birth to their three children.

Mr Franks, of Leeds, West Yorkshire, said: 'Leah was paranoid that she had excess weight from having three kids round her stomach.

'I told her she was beautiful how she was but she really wanted it for her own confidence.

'I didn't think this would ever happen - or could happen to her.'

He believes Leah's operation went wrong after fat was deposited into her blood stream and her oxygen levels dropped.

He says she was brought back to stable but she then had three heart attacks.

He said: 'Leah was under anaesthetic and complications happened due to fat getting deposited into her blood stream and her oxygen levels dropped.

'She was brought back to stable but had a further three heart attacks and there was nothing they could do after.'

Mr Franks, 31, also issued an impassioned plea for more information around the circumstances of her death, as his life, he said, had come crashing down around him.

Joining her parents in Turkey to fly Miss Cambridge’s body home, he said: 'Leah was one in a million and I was so lucky to have her with me for ten years.

'Two days ago I was happy - now I'm a broken man.

'I know I'm moody and did her head in sometimes but I wouldn't be where I am today without her is both guiding each other.

'Leah wanted to get married and we def would of in next few years but instead I'm gonna have to plan a funeral.'

He told The Sun: ‘I just wish this was a bad dream. I’m hurt so bad and this is only the start. My life has crashed.’ 

He also warned others who were considering the cosmetic surgery to factor in all of the risks before going forward with any operation.

He added: ‘People need to be aware of situations that can happen with this treatment.

‘We are still waiting for answers and are also trying to get a flight to bring Leah home.’

Yesterday Mr Franks filmed a heartbreaking video showing him travelling home from Turkey. 

It showed him arriving at the airport dragging some luggage, with the caption: 'My baby's suitcase.' 

And this morning he uploaded a video showing her smiling and laughing as she hugged two of her sons.

One friend wrote: 'I can only imagine what your going through...Cling onto them gorgeous boys, cuddle them tight xx so so sorry xx'

Miss Cambridge, who worked as a beautician, followed the likes of reality TV stars Lauren Goodger and Amber Dowding in opting for the Turkish clinic.

The so-called ‘Brazilian butt-lift’ procedure involves taking fat from the waist or the stomach and injecting it into the bottom.

It serves as an alternative to buttock augmentations using implants and is believed to offer a safer way of plumping your bottom due to the ‘natural’ fat used, which minimises the risk of silicon rejection.

Miss Cambridge, who was a mother of three boys, is thought to have suffered complications very soon into the procedure. Doctors and nurses were unable to save her.

Mr Franks, her partner for ten years, told The Sun: ‘It’s like a nightmare. Leah wanted to get married and we definitely would have in the next few years but instead I’m going to have to plan a funeral.

‘I’m looking at her face on video and I think it can’t be true.’

In a heart-breaking tribute Mr Franks wrote on Facebook: ‘I can’t believe I’m setting off to say my goodbyes to my little darling.

‘This is going to be the hardest thing I’ve done. I can’t imagine being in the house without her.’

To Miss Cambridge, he added: ‘I will always leave a space for you at the table and make sure our kids remember you.’

In another post yesterday he thanked people that has contacted him on Facebook to offer their support.

He wrote: 'I’ve read every message that comes through and am very grateful, all I wana do is write about my baby cos then I get loads of notifications which I then read and take my mind away for them few minutes, I am absolutely heartbroken still doesn’t feel real.

'I’m hoping she’s at home when I walk through that door and I’ve had an awful nightmare you wa my little darling and always will be.' 

Mr Franks also posted images of family and friends with a strawberry daiquiri, her favourite drink.

He wrote: 'This is for you my little darlin I know you would of luved this, I luv you more than you will ever know, rest in peace baby cakes don’t be getting up to nothing. I wouldn’t up there and keep that bed warm for me joining you.

He added: 'You was my life so lucky to meet someone like you and share the best 10 years of my life together.' 

Former Spurs footballer Jamie O’Hara had liposuction at the same clinic in June. 

Cosmetic procedures in Turkey are advertised at prices up to 70 per cent cheaper than in the UK. 

Face and neck lifts in Turkey can cost as little as £2,640 - compared to around £4,500 in Britain. 

Boob jobs are on offer for £2,275, compared with £5,500 at home.

Patients at Elite Aftercare that have surgery are catered for in the luxury aftercare villa.

On the clinic's website it says accommodation consists of a large double bedroom with en-suite and balcony. 

Patients also have a private chauffeur for all routine appointments and airport transfers.

Every meal is prepared and a nurse is on call at all times.

It says the clinic aims to provide a 'UK standard' and patients can use free wifi, cable television and Bluetooth speakers.

The clinic offers a huge range of procedures, including tummy tucks, thigh lifts, buttock implants, chin implants, ear re-shaping and chin reduction. 

Elite Aftercare say on their website that Brazilian butt-lift procedure usually takes between one and two hours and can either be performed under general anaesthetic, or a local anaesthetic with an epidural.

It says after surgery patients will feel 'some slight pain and discomfort' but 'the majority of out clients are walking around the next day with no pain but some discomfort.'

Patients will be left with bruising for three to four weeks, but after a months the swelling will go down, and gradually disappear after three months. It can take up to six months to see the final result.  

Anyone having the surgery is left with 'literally no scarring' as the cannula used to perform the liposuction leaves just a 2mm small hole. 

It adds that surgery should not be taken lightly but that complications ‘rarely’ occur. 

Possible but common concerns following the operation can include ‘bleeding, infection anaesthesia problems, fat necrosis and decreased sensation.’  

In April this year a group representing plastic surgeons worldwide said the op is the deadliest cosmetic procedure.

It has surged in popularity in recent years as women look to emulate curvy-bottomed celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj and Chloe Khan.

The Multisociety Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force, which represents five societies of plastic surgeons, said the surgery carries the highest death rate of any aesthetic procedure. 

They have called for plastic surgeons to reevaluate their techniques 'urgently' as they clamour to identify why it carries such a high risk.  

In a 'shocking' report, the taskforce said: 'The death rate of approximately one in 3,000 is the highest rate for any aesthetic procedure.

'Every surgeon performing Brazilian butt lifts should immediately reevaluate his or her technique.'

The taskforce, which represents the American Society of Plastic Surgeons among others, said the deaths were presumed to be from tears in the large gluteal veins allowing fat to block major arteries.

But autopsies of some patients who have died have also suggested surgeons have injected fat deeper than they intended to.

It added patients who want a super-sized behind should have the procedure carried out in stages, rather than all at once. 

Clinics have reported the procedure has seen more than a 50 per cent increase compared to five years ago.

The procedure's now widely-used nickname was coined in 1996 after Dr Leonard Grossman was filmed performing fat transfer surgery on a patient from Brazil. 

British glamour model Chloe Khan, who shot to fame in 2010 following an unsuccessful audition for talent contest The X Factor, told Closer magazine last year how she was unable to sit down for six weeks after having a Brazilian butt lift.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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