A mum who travelled from the UK to Turkey for a gastric bypass died just one week after the surgery, her family’s lawyers said.
Khelisyah Ashamu is said to have organised the operation using a company called Get Slim In Turkey, which is run by two Brits, The Sun reports.
The 26-year-old arranged to have the operation on February 2 last year after giving birth to her son by caesarean, according to The Mirror.
Her father had arranged to go and collect her when she returned home to the UK and she expected to fly back just one day after the procedure.
However, she never recovered after the operation and her condition deteriorated until she died seven days later on February 9.
Her father had flown to Turkey to be by her bedside as her condition became grave and was there when she passed away.
Khelisyah’s heartbroken parents described her as a “wonderful mum and daughter” and said they were “devastated” by her death.
The IT professional from Romford, East London, underwent the surgery at Izmir Ekol Hospital in Turkey.
The family is now awaiting a full inquest and have instructed serious injury lawyers Irwin Mitchell.
Khelisyah’s father was allegedly told she died from a pulmonary embolism – a blockage of an artery in the lungs.
However, the family said the post-mortem gave another cause of death and they are now hoping to get answers.
A pre-inquest review took place on October 20 and the date for the full inquest is due to be set.
Coroner Ian Wade said the surgery should have been “straightforward”.
He said: “The only witness we want to hear from is the doctor.”
But, he said, he didn’t “hold any particular hope” the doctor would testify at the inquest.
‘WE WANT ANSWERS’
In a statement released by Irwin Mitchell, the family said: “She had so much to look forward to and now her son will never know his mother and she will not get to see him grow up.
“The past year has been a terrible experience, with not knowing what exactly happened to our daughter making it all the more difficult to come to terms with.
“The inquest is going to be an ordeal but we just hope it can now give us some answers.
“If we can understand the truth of what happened, hopefully our wonderful daughter will be able to rest in peace and her son will one day understand how his mum came to be taken from him.”
Personal injury lawyer Cheryl Palmer-Hughes said: “Her passing has left her young son without a mother and understandably, the family have many concerns regarding the circumstances surrounding their daughter’s death.
“Khelisyah was a loving and caring mum and the family are hopeful the inquest will provide them with some of the answers they need and deserve.
“We are finding it increasingly common for patients to book surgical procedures through intermediaries such as Get Slim In Turkey who often use Instagram and other social media platforms to advertise.
“If any issues regarding Khelisyah’s treatment come out during the course of the hearing, it’s vital that lessons are learned to ensure no other family has to suffer in the same way.”
The Sun Online has contacted Get Slim in Turkey for comment on the case.
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