Beloved mum-of-two, 44, died during Brazilian bum lift surgery in Turkey leaving behind devastated family | The SunAugust 5, 2023
A BELOVED mum died during a Brazilian bum lift (BBL) surgery in Turkey due to a silent killer, an inquest heard.
Lauren Wood, 44, suffered an embolism on the operating table, while her devastated family paid tribute to her as a "force of nature".
Lauren, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, went under the knife in Istanbul for a range of cosmetic surgeries, including liposuction, a BBL, a tummy tuck and a boob job on May 1 last year.
The former retail worker's blood pressure plunged while being operated on and she was rushed to intensive care, but could not be saved.
Consultant plastic surgeon Mr Ertan Erel told the inquest at Stoke Town Hall that the fatty tissue used to enhance Lauren's behind may have poisoned her bloodstream.
Mr Erel said: "It is a rare but well-recognised condition.
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"The mortality rate of this condition is around one in 15,000. When these surgeries are conducted under compulsory ultrasound, the rate of death drops to zero."
However, despite an ultrasound being carried out, the court heard that Lauren had not informed the surgery team that she had undergone a gastric bypass surgery several years previously.
Dr Özgen Kıvanç, who led the surgery, said: "Her low heartbeat and low blood pressure meant that we had to return her to the supine position.
"The anaesthetist began an attempt at cardiac resuscitation. That was successful but the surgery was stopped and she was taken to the ICU.
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"She was there for approximately ten hours before dying by cardiogenic shock."
A post-mortem revealed that a fat embolism that occurred during the operation as the cause of death.
The court did not find any "defective" or "insufficient" practice on the part of the medical team that may have contributed to the tragedy.
Coroner Duncan Ritchie said: "Lauren was a healthy 44-year-old. She travelled to Istanbul in spring last year and Dr Özgen Kıvanç offered the procedure.
"She had been in contact for some months. She intended to have liposuction, breast surgery, a tummy tuck and a Brazilian bum lift.
"In essence, the surgery involved fat that was to be removed and reinjected into the hip area.
"We heard from Mr Erel who said that there is a risk if fat is deposited wrongly with the cannula needle going directly into the vein.
"My condolences are with her family."
He returned a narrative conclusion.
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