A British woman was left fighting for her life and lost her right breast after undergoing “botched” cosmetic surgery in Turkey. Sara Platt, 32, from South Wales, spent £14,000 on a tummy tuck, breast implants and three other procedures in Turkish resort city Antalya earlier this year.
The mum-of-four said the operation, which lasted 13 hours, left her mutilated.
She said it caused her right breast to necrose and ‘die’ and left a gaping, infected wound in her stomach.
She was rushed to surgery shortly after the operation after brown liquid started to ooze from the wound. She was still awake as surgeons burnt away the infected flesh.
Ms Platt said she lied to the surgeon about giving him a positive review, out of fear she would not be allowed to fly home if she didn’t.
On returning to the UK, she needed eight operations to save her life after the wound became infected.
She is now fundraising to pay for surgery to correct the damage done, as well as to sue the Turkish surgeon who she says caused it.
Sara, from Llanharan, said: “I’m not the person I was. I was very confident and strong and outgoing. Now I’m terrified of everything.
“I can’t shower because I can’t face looking at my own body. I have these horrible dreams about getting killed in hospitals, drowned in blood.
“I haven’t been outside in seven weeks. I get triggered by everything.”
Sara said the nightmare began after she was fitted with a gastric sleeve to lose weight after hitting 24 stone in September 2021 from steroid treatment for her endometriosis.
But after losing 12 stone she was left with “intolerable” excess skin, which developed boils and blisters from rubbing.
After 17 months of researching different surgeons, Ms Platt booked a tummy tuck in Turkey.
Sara says errors in the surgery led to losing her right breast after the tissue turned black and died. 30 percent of her left breast also had to be removed.
She is also left with a “hunch” from excess fat left on her back.
Sara claims the surgeon removed too much of her stomach skin, leaving a gaping wound that needed skin grafts from her legs.
She said: “The doctors said the way he cut into my skin was like a jigsaw and didn’t allow for blood flow to circulate through the skin.
“My life is still at risk until the infections are gone and the wounds are closed.”
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The doctor told her he had “sharpened his knife for her”, adding he could do all five “tuck” procedures at once- a tummy tuck, an arm lift, a back lift, a 360 upper body lift and a breast lift with implants.
Sara said they then put her in a compression suit that was too small and so tight she struggled to breathe.
She says she asked to see the doctor for nine days about the pain, suit and lump on her chest.
When he finally agreed to see her, brown liquid had started coming out of her stomach wounds and he told her she needed corrective surgery straight away.
She is now fundraising for her plastic surgery to allow her to move her arms above her shoulders, remove the hunch in her back and reconstruct her breasts which will cost her up to £28,000 – as well as £5,000 to help establish a legal case against the surgeon.
The registered disabled mum, who suffers from endometriosis, said: “If I can stop one person from going through what I went through, that’s all I care about.
“It’s changed me completely as a person. I just want to be with my children.
“I understand the backlash I will get online with this story. I just want to sue the doctor and stop him from doing this to anyone else.”
A spokesman for the Turkish health agency said: “We are saddened to hear that Mrs Platt is holding us responsible for all the issues, but the truth is much different than what she portrays.
“We get all the necessary and legally mandated documents, approvals, and consent forms from her and enlighten her about all the processes prior to performing any procedures. Also, we would like to inform you that we are only the agents in this matter. We are not a hospital or doctor in this matter.
“Our entity only mediates between the health entity and the patient. Therefore, we are a different and independent economic entity than the doctor or the hospital.
“Our services direct patients to the best-qualified health entities. In this matter, all the necessary information regarding Mrs Platt’s operation, including information about the operating doctor, hospital, potential side effects, and cautions she had to take into consideration, is explained to Mrs Platt.”
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