A mother of three died from a blood clot nearly three weeks after she underwent a plastic surgery procedure at a clinic in London.
Louise Harvey, 36, of Norwich, died on July 5 after the operation 17 days before, but news of the incident was only revealed this week, the BBC reported.
An inquest into the woman, who worked as a beautician, was opened on Nov. 27. A full hearing is slated for March 26, 2019.
Harvey was a patient at Transform Cosmetic Surgery, which stated that it conducted an internal investigation before passing information to the coroner.
“We can confirm that a patient passed away on 5 July 2018, nearly three weeks after undergoing a procedure at a Transform hospital,” the firm said in a statement, the BBC reported. “We are deeply saddened by this and have undertaken a full internal investigation.”
It continued: “This has been shared with the coroner and other relevant authorities in support of their investigation, the findings of which have yet to be determined.”
A JustGiving fundraising page was earlier in November to help her children: Kayleigh-Anne, 18; Owen, 11; and Jaxon, 6.
“Louise Harvey sadly passed away recently after a blood clot formed in her body. It has 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,” the page wrote. “We have received an overwhelming response from family and friends offering their condolences and support and would like to contribute in some way to ease the suffering her death has caused.”
Mother Speaks Out
According to her family, she suffered a pulmonary embolism following the procedure.
Louise’s mother, Linda, 52, said her family has a history of pulmonary embolisms, but she said her daughter thought the procedure was safe.
“I want justice for my daughter,” Linda was quoted by Fox News as saying. She said her daughter underwent a “tummy tuck” as well as a breast augmentation procedure.
“They told her that having both procedures together would be better because she would not have to go through two lots of healing,” she added. “They said she wouldn’t have to pay twice for the anesthetist and the stay in the room, even the trips down there,” she added.
“Louise went to the gym and she was always self-conscious after giving birth to her 6-year-old,” Linda said. “She had lost the weight and she just wanted to get rid of the loose skin. She was beautiful, but some people feel they want to do these things. When Louise told me about the double operation I was concerned because your body can only handle so much at a time.”
Linda said her daughter is said to have booked a so-called “mommy makeover” after consulting with Transform.
Dr. Naveen Cavale, a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, explained that side-effects from breast augmentation surgery—the procedure she underwent—are quite rare, Yahoo reported. He said most adverse effects occur during anesthesia and surgery.
Earlier in 2018, the U.K. Advertising Standards Agency said Transform had violated the country’s advertising code after it posted a TV advertisement that used the voice of a woman who had surgery after pregnancy, the BBC reported.
“We considered that by directing the ad at new mothers and focusing on the negative perception a new mother had of her body after giving birth, the ad was likely to have exploited new mothers’ insecurities about their bodies,” the agency said. “We, therefore, concluded that the ad was irresponsible.