UK officers will meet Turkish counterparts after a 31-year-old lady died following a “Brazilian butt elevate” 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 12 months.
She died after injected fats entered a vein earlier than transferring and blocking her pulmonary artery.
Her reason for loss of life was recorded as pulmonary thromboembolism and fats embolism, with a secondary trigger acknowledged as elective beauty surgical procedure.
Norfolk’s senior coroner Jacqueline Lake mentioned that Ms Kerr, from Denton, Norfolk, was solely given “restricted data concerning the dangers and mortality charge” from the operation.
Ms Lake wrote to the Department of Health and Social Care about her concerns after an inquest in September, saying: “I’m involved that sufferers travelling to Turkey for this process usually are not being made conscious of the dangers and the excessive mortality charge related to this surgical procedure.”
She additionally raised considerations that there have been “no or restricted controls with regard to such surgical procedure going down”.
Maria Caulfield, minister for psychological well being and ladies’s well being technique, responded to Ms Lake, saying: “My officers will… be visiting Turkey shortly to fulfill with their counterparts.
“The intention is to debate the regulatory framework, and the protections which are in place for UK nationals, and to establish concrete areas the place the UK and Turkish authorities ought to work collectively to scale back the dangers to sufferers sooner or later.”
She added: “It’s notably necessary that these contemplating having the ‘Brazilian Butt Raise’ (BBL) process are made totally conscious of the dangers and have time to mirror totally on their resolution forward of surgical procedure.
“As you word within the report, the dangers related to this process are excessive.
“The chance of loss of life for BBL surgical procedure is no less than 10 instances greater than many different beauty procedures, and it has the best loss of life charge of all beauty procedures.
“As you word, the British Affiliation of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has suggested its members to not perform Brazilian butt elevate surgical procedure till extra is thought about safer strategies for the process.
“The Authorities is contemplating how we are able to most successfully talk with these contemplating medical remedy overseas, to make sure individuals are higher knowledgeable in regards to the dangers forward of surgical procedure and perceive the necessity to guarantee acceptable aftercare, together with contemplating when it could be protected to journey dwelling.”
Ms Caulfield mentioned she hoped her response was “useful in setting out how severely the UK Authorities is taking the problems raised in your report”.
The inquest into Ms Kerr’s loss of life occurred 5 years after mother-of-three Leah Cambridge died from a fats clot attributable to a BBL in Turkey in 2018.
The 29-year-old from Leeds travelled to a personal clinic within the coastal metropolis of Izmir for the operation after changing into paranoid about extra abdomen weight achieve, an inquest heard – regardless of being told by her partner she did not need surgery.
The International Workplace 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.