Nigerian sues Turkish hospital over wife’s death from botched cosmetic surgery

1396, Moyosore Olowo

A Nigerian based in the UK with his family, Moyosore Olowo, has sued a Turkish hospital over the death of his wife, Abimbola Ajoke Bamgbose, after a botched cosmetic surgery.

His deceased, a mother-of-three died following liposuction treatment in Turkey in August after buying an overseas package deal with Mono Cosmetic Surgery.

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The 38-year-old, was a social worker. Her husband is now suing the firm and the surgeon responsible, Dr Hakan Aydogan, for £1 million, claiming medical negligence and warning others about the risks in health tourism.

Reports said, she considered having the surgery in the UK expensive and travelled to Turkey for the treatment at Mono Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Izmir but began to experience severe abdominal pain after receiving the treatment.

Four days later, the widower said, she was seen by another specialist at the hospital and had a second surgery.

At this point Mr Olowo, who said his wife was his “best friend”, flew to Turkey, where he was told by medical staff at the hospital an error in the initial procedure had led to complications.

After returning home to take care of his family, Mr Olowo then received a WhatsApp call from the surgeon, where he was told his wife of 15 years had died.

In the post-mortem examination, the North West Kent Coroner Service found Ms Bamgbose died from peritonitis and multi-organ failure following a complication of the liposuction surgery.

Mr Olowo said his “beautiful” wife had suffered from low self-esteem after giving birth to her three children, Morayo, 13, Eyitayo, 10 and Titilayomi, seven.

Mr Olowo has not been able to return to work as a Network Rail contractor since she died because of childcare commitments.

He said he would advise anyone thinking of having surgery in Turkey to “not go”.

“I am not going to label all medical practitioners in Turkey as below par, but there is the language barrier,” he said.

He said he fears communication issues may have contributed to signs of her complications being missed.

“Do your due diligence, but remember the rules and regulations are different over there. If something goes wrong you will want to be in your home country,” Mr Olowa added.

The surgery was booked via the Mono Clinic, a Turkish company that uses appeals on its website and social media to attract potential health tourists from countries such as the UK, Germany and Sweden.

Britons looking into surgery abroad are advised to speak directly to a hospital surgeon or use those recommended by their UK doctor.

Mr Olowo’s Turkish lawyer Burcu Holmgren, of London Legal International, said: “I warn everyone who wants to book surgery in Turkey to not use an agent firm, speak to your surgeon directly, speak to their patients and never pay for a package deal of flights, hotel, surgery, etc.

“There are incredible surgeons in Turkey and they are too busy operating they won’t be getting into deals with agencies to bring patients to their clinics. So please do your research and be careful.”

Culled from PA


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