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Young mother dies after weight loss procedure in Turkey

Young mother dies after weight loss procedure in Turkey

People are being warned about the risks of going to turkey for medical procedures after a number of deaths.

A young mother in her thirties from West Dublin who travelled to Turkey for a medical procedure this week has died. This is the third known death this year after complications.

According to the Irish Independent the woman is understood to have undergone a bariatric (weight loss) procedure and the cause of her death is unknown at this time.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is warning about the risks of going to Turkey for cosmetic and weight-loss procedures, after a number of deaths due to complications.

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Turkey has become a popular destination for these kinds of medical procedures.

An increasing number of people are presenting at hospitals after travelling abroad for weight-loss surgery, according to a consultant bariatric surgeon.

Professor Helen Heneghan from St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin says the situation is very worrying.

"We have treated an increasing number of people, over the last two years in particular - patients who have travelled abroad for surgery and have come back unwell. We've seen a three fold increase since the onset of the pandemic and the number of emergency presentations after bariatric surgery that was performed abroad."

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In April a Waterford mother of two, Carol Sheehan lost her life after undergoing a medical procedure in Turkey.

A taxi driver and father of three from Louth also died during a dental procedure in Turkey. Tony Rogers (66) had undergone the procedure in Istanbul where he took ill in the dentists chair.

Long waiting lists and the expense of these procedures in Ireland is encouraging people to venture abroad but the DFAย has warned anyone thinking of traveling for medical procedures to make themselves aware of all of the risks and benefits and to discuss their plans carefully with their own doctor, dentist or specialist beforehand.

They added: โ€œIndividuals should also familiarise themselves with any follow-up treatment or process that may be required, and be aware that they may encounter communication difficulties in a non-English speaking environment."

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