A mother-of-three died following breast enlargement and tummy tuck procedures on the advice of staff who told her it would be cheaper to have both done at the same time, an inquest heard.
Dailymail reports that Louise Harvey, 36, died from blood clots following the surgeries, carried out by Transform plastic surgery clinic at Riverside hospital in London.
The beautician was not given a second dose of blood thinners despite medical notes indicating she had been, and a significant family history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a coroner said.
Her mother Linda Harvey, 53, whose own mother died of blood clotting, said that her daughter was sent home without the necessary medication. It was reported that a second dose of anti-coagulant drugs to help thin the blood was ‘crossed out’ on her notes indicating she had been given the dosage.
But she was only given one dose which was meant to be administered four hours after the operation – but was actually given eight hours later, the inquest heard. In a statement read by Norfolk’s area coroner Yvonne Blake, Linda Harvey said that her daughter wanted a tummy tuck as ‘she felt she had some loose skin around her belly following the birth of her youngest son’.
She said Miss Harvey spoke with someone at the clinic and ‘they suggested having (the two operations) at the same time as it would be cheaper’. Her three-hour surgery was completed on June 17 2018 and she took a taxi home to Norwich on June 19 2018. er mother said Miss Harvey was not given blood thinners to take home, adding that:
‘If Louise had been advised about this I would have expected her to tell me’. At an outpatient appointment in Norwich on June 26 Miss Harvey was advised that the ‘stitches were OK’ and ‘she was healing well’, her mother said.