Mother-of-three dies after suffering blood clot following $9,000 boob job and tummy tuck procedure
36-year-old Louise Harvey died from a pulmonary embolism 17 days after the breast augmentation and abdominoplasty procedure which she underwent to 'improve her appearance'
A mother-of-three who had paid around $9,000 to undergo two surgeries at a private hospital in London passed away around 17 days post the surgery after she collapsed in her home in Norwich, UK.
An inquest heard that the anti-coagulant blood thinning medication 36-year-old Louise Harvey was given after three-hour procedure did not stop the fatal blood clot that killed her, according to Daily Star. The Norfolk Coroner's Court was made aware that Harvey had not been given the right medication to help prevent and stop blood clots after her surgery which took place on June 17.
Harvey, who passed away on July 5, worked as a beautician and was prescribed a single dose of an anticoagulant drug while she was in the hospital which is run by UK cosmetic surgery company Transform. The coroner was made aware that there was a delay in her getting the medication and a prescription for the second dose had not been administered. During an assessment before the surgery, Harvey had reportedly revealed her family history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — a blood clot that develops within a deep vein in the body, usually in the leg.
A coroner claimed that the beautician had suffered from a pulmonary embolism after having the operation which she underwent to "improve her appearance." However, according to her mother Lynn Harvey, "Louise was a hard-working, brilliant mum. Vain is the last thing she was. She didn’t even believe she was good-looking. She didn’t have one mirror in her house," as reported DailyStar.
One of Harvey's friends, Mark Hutson, started a JustGiving page in order to help raise money for her three children: 19-year-old Kayleigh-Anne, 11-year-old Owen, and 6-year-old Jaxon. Hutson shared, "It’s been a shock to us all that this beautiful, young devoted mother-of-three has been taken away from us so early and without warning when she had so much to live for."
Norfolk Area Coroner Yvonne Blake revealed the cause of death as "pulmonary embolism following breast augmentation and abdominoplasty." The case has been adjourned for a full hearing which will be due in March.
According to surgeon Nora Nugent, "Breast augmentation doesn’t have a high risk of DVT. The procedure is short and patients are usually mobile afterward. Tummy tucks are higher risk because they take two to four hours under general anesthetic and patients are told not to exercise for six weeks."
A spokesman for the cosmetic surgery company Transform shared, "We at Transform have been deeply saddened by the death of Ms. Harvey. While we can’t comment on the specifics of the hearing, we can confirm that we are fully committed to supporting the ongoing inquiry. As part of this, we have undertaken a full internal investigation, which has been shared with the Coroner and other relevant authorities. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the patient’s family at this time."