My mother died days after traveling to Turkey for a tummy tuck – she had no health problems, it’s horrific
A GRAN died days after undergoing £7000 triple cosmetic surgery in Turkey.
Carol Keenan, 54, collapsed outside her hotel six days after a Brazilian buttock lift, tummy tuck and muscle repair at a clinic in Istanbul.
Although almost a year after the tragedy, her devastated family from Glenrothes, Fife, still do not know exactly what caused the fit and healthy mother’s death as she has not received her autopsy results.
But daughter Leonie Keenan, 32, warned anyone planning a “health tourism” trip to think twice about putting their lives on the line.
News of paramedic Carol’s death comes days after Shannon Bowe, 28, from Denny, near Falkirk, died following gastric band surgery in the same country.
Mum-of-three Leonie said: “My mother went to Turkey for an operation and never came home.
“She had no health issues – so we think it must have been the surgery – but not knowing is horrifying.”
Laborer Carol and her partner Stevie Anderson, 55, flew from Edinburgh to Istanbul for a week last April and paid £7,000 for the BBL and tummy tuck.
She was then offered a free third procedure – an ab repair to give her more definition – and went under the knife for six hours.
The whole trip including hotel and clinic was organized as a package and although she was sore from the operation she was in high spirits until her sudden death on April 20th.
Leonie, primary school supervisor, said: “She went through health checks in Turkey and she passed them all.
“She was only offered the third procedure ‘free’ when she was driven to the theater, so I’m not sure if she wanted it – but she got it anyway.
“She spent three days recovering after the operation and wanted to do some tourism in Istanbul the day before leaving home.”
The couple were walking towards a taxi outside their hotel when she suddenly collapsed in Stevie’s arms.
Leonie said: “She was taken to hospital but she was already dead.
“Stevie texted me that she broke down and then ‘she was gone.’
“I can’t remember anything after that, it was all a blur.”
Carol had an autopsy at hospital and her body was flown back days later – but nearly a year later, the family is no closer to the cause of death.
Leonie said: “We tried to call, the consulate tried and our lawyer tried, but we’re getting nowhere.”
Leonie has criticized celebrity and health tourism ads that glorify social media procedures.
She said: “Mum was not happy with her self-image for a few years before she went to Turkey.
“She was a typical woman – 5ft 10 and short build – but celebrities and public figures always give the impression that image matters.
“She played that when she turned 50 and she just decided to save up and give it a go.
“She’s been on all these Facebook groups where everything’s so positive and they’re all cheering for each other.”
The devastated Stevie issued a strong warning to anyone thinking of running away for any cosmetic procedures.
He said, “Don’t go.
“Your life is the most important thing. We have grandkids who have lost their grandma, I have lost my partner for something she didn’t need.”
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has repeatedly warned against this practice as more and more people travel to Turkey in search of cheaper treatments.
An estimated 1.5million Britons will travel abroad this year in search of procedures that are either not available on the NHS or are much cheaper than here.
A spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “We are supporting the family of a British national who has died in Turkey and are in contact with local authorities.”
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