Bereaved family’s health tourism warning after mother dies following liposuction treatment

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Social worker Abimbola Ajoke Bamgbose, 38, died in August after buying an overseas package deal with Mono Cosmetic Surgery. Her husband, Moyosore Olowo, is now suing the firm and surgeon Dr Hakan Aydogan for £1million, claiming medical negligence. Proceedings have been issued in the Turkish courts. Mr Olowo said: “She was the backbone of the family. My son has special needs and she was a calming influence on him.

“Now I am left alone caring for the children and it is really painful.”

Ms Bamgbose had initially hoped to have surgery in the UK but looked abroad after finding it was too expensive. She eventually settled on spending £5,000 at the clinic in Izmir, with Mono also providing airport transfers and accommodation.

Mr Olowo said his wife began experiencing severe abdominal pain after receiving the treatment. Four days later, he said, she was seen by another specialist at the hospital and had a second surgery. At this point Mr Olowo flew to Turkey, where he was allegedly told by medical staff that an error in the initial procedure had led to complications.

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

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The couple, originally from Nigeria, had been together for 15 years. At the post-mortem examination in Kent, Ms Bamgbose was found to have died from peritonitis and multi-organ ­failure following a complication of the surgery.

Mr Olowo has not been able to return to work with Network Rail due to childcare commitments.

He said he would advise anyone against having surgery in Turkey.

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

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

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

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 and speak to their patients.”

The Mono clinic and Dr Aydogan have both been contacted for comment.

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