Brit 'died' having a boob job in Turkey & only found out weeks later in UK

A BRIT “died” having a boob job in Turkey — but only found out weeks later.

Lisa MacDonald, 47, was left with severe pain and bruising to her chest after the surgery.


Back home, she became seriously infected and suffered life-threatening sepsis. Lisa was rushed to hospital, where medics discovered she had actually been resuscitated while in Turkey.

She recalled: “They found my ribs were completely fractured. They said it was a classic sign of CPR, where the surgeons gave me chest compressions. It’s hard to believe I died and no one told me.”

Office administrator Lisa and sister Sacha, 41, both wanted boob jobs and found the Avrupamed clinic on Instagram. They got a reply in poor English promising miracle results cheap.

Lisa paid £4,300 for a “mummy makeover”, including boob lift, implants and liposuction. Flights were thrown in plus a week’s hotel stay in Istanbul. Sacha paid £5,200 for the same, plus a tummy tuck.

The sisters, of Maidenhead, Berks, went in September, but were shocked at the clinic. Lisa recalled: “It looked like something from the Third World. It was cold and dark and the floor was covered in sheets.

“The bed looked like it had been cobbled together from planks of wood and they tied me down using some old rope. It was scary but we’d paid so felt like we had to go through with it. When I came round, I was in agony.


"My chest was incredibly painful and I was struggling to breathe. They put us in a little room and just left us there. We had no pain relief, no consultation, not even basic fluids. I couldn’t even get off the bed so I was having to go to the toilet into a towel.

"I was throwing up but no one came to clean up. I believed I was going to die. Little did I know that I already had.”

Lisa was told her pain was “normal” for boob job patients. But she and Sacha called their hospital worker mum on FaceTime. She put them on to medics who urged them to leave as soon as possible. Six days later they flew home after a clinic sales rep signed “fit to fly” letters.

Three weeks after that, Lisa collapsed at home and was rushed to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. Medics told her it was sepsis and she had 12 hours to live unless they removed the implants. She later found out they were banned in the UK and Europe.

A recent Channel 4 probe found many cut-price surgery firms in Turkey act as “agencies” for inexperienced or unqualified surgeons.

Lisa said: “We were taken in by the filtered pictures we saw on Instagram. We chatted online to people who said they’d used Avrupa­med and strongly recommended them — but they turned out to be fake.”



Avrupamed has 58,000-plus followers on Instagram.

Last night a rep said via WhatsApp: “I can’t give you information about the treatment the patient received.

“The patient did not have a bad aftercare. We replied to her and her sister every time, we texted many times ourselves, but she did not reply. Our hospital team and doctor called her.”

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