UK officers will meet Turkish counterparts after a 31-year-old girl died following a “Brazilian butt lift” in 2019.
Melissa Kerr died the identical day she underwent a process to gather fats and inject it into her buttocks in Istanbul on 19 November that yr.
She died after injected fats entered a vein earlier than shifting and blocking her pulmonary artery.
Her explanation for demise was recorded as pulmonary thromboembolism and fats embolism, with a secondary trigger said as elective beauty surgical procedure.
Norfolk’s senior coroner Jacqueline Lake mentioned that Ms Kerr, from Denton, Norfolk, was solely given “limited information regarding the risks and mortality rate” from the operation.
Ms Lake wrote to the Department of Health and Social Care about her considerations after an inquest in September, saying: “I am concerned that patients travelling to Turkey for this procedure are not being made aware of the risks and the high mortality rate associated with this surgery.”
She additionally raised considerations that there have been “no or limited controls with regard to such surgery taking place”.
Maria Caulfield, minister for psychological well being and ladies’s well being technique, responded to Ms Lake, saying: “My officials will… be visiting Turkey shortly to meet with their counterparts.
“The intention is to debate the regulatory framework, and the protections which can be in place for UK nationals, and to determine concrete areas the place the UK and Turkish authorities ought to work collectively to cut back the dangers to sufferers sooner or later.”
She added: “It is particularly important that those considering having the ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’ (BBL) procedure are made fully aware of the risks and have time to reflect fully on their decision ahead of surgery.
“As you word within the report, the dangers related to this process are excessive.
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“The risk of death for BBL surgery is at least 10 times higher than many other cosmetic procedures, and it has the highest death rate of all cosmetic procedures.
“As you word, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has suggested its members to not perform Brazilian butt carry surgical procedure till extra is thought about safer methods for the process.
“The Government is considering how we can most effectively communicate with those considering medical treatment abroad, to ensure people are better informed about the risks ahead of surgery and understand the need to ensure appropriate aftercare, including considering when it may be safe to travel home.”
Ms Caulfield mentioned she hoped her response was “helpful in setting out how seriously the UK Government is taking the issues raised in your report”.
The inquest into Ms Kerr’s demise occurred 5 years after mother-of-three Leah Cambridge died from a fats clot brought on by a BBL in Turkey in 2018.
The 29-year-old from Leeds travelled to a non-public clinic within the coastal metropolis of Izmir for the operation after turning into paranoid about extra abdomen weight acquire, an inquest heard – regardless of being advised by her companion she didn’t want surgical procedure.
The Foreign Office says it’s conscious of over 25 British nationals who’ve died in Turkey since January 2019 following medical procedures.
Its web site recommends that anybody planning to journey to Turkey for surgical procedure, together with dentistry, ought to learn its recommendation and talk about their plans with their UK physician earlier than going forward.