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Mother of three died from fat clot caused by 'Brazilian butt lift', inquest told

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A mother of three who travelled to Turkey for cosmetic surgery died from a fat clot caused by the procedure, an inquest has heard.

Leah Cambridge, 29, from Leeds, is said to have attended the hospital in Izmir for a "Brazilian butt lift" in August. But she died following complications during the surgery, a hearing at Wakefield Coroner's Court was told.

Opening the inquest, Assistant Coroner James Hargan said a provisional post-mortem examination revealed that Ms Cambridge died from a fat embolism caused by a cosmetic surgical procedure.

He said:

Ms Cambridge was a 29-year-old single lady who lived with her partner in this country.

"Arrangements were made for her to have cosmetic surgery at a private hospital in Izmir, Turkey.

"The deceased arrived in Turkey with her mother on 26 August, collected from the airport and taken to that hospital.

"The procedure took place on the morning of 27 August 2018.

"At round about half-past one in the afternoon of that day, the deceased's mother was informed by hospital staff that there had been complications during the surgery and, sadly, Ms Cambridge had died."

– Assistant Coroner James Hargan

After her death, it was reported that Ms Cambridge had three heart attacks during the surgery.

The beautician is reported to have travelled to the Izmir Private Can Hospital, which boasts celebrity clientele, for the £3,000 operation after growing paranoid about excess stomach weight from having children.

The Brazilian butt lift procedure, which reshapes the buttocks by transferring fat from areas including the stomach and back, has become an increasingly popular technique for achieving an hourglass figure.

Advocates of the procedure say it achieves results quickly and recovery is usually fast but experts have warned it carries a risk of serious complications.

Ms Cambridge's partner, Scott Franks, told a newspaper he had been left a "broken man" and warned others considering going under the knife to think about the risks.

No family members attended the inquest opening in Wakefield on Tuesday and Mr Hargan adjourned proceedings to allow further inquiries to take place.