My ‘mummy makeover’ nearly KILLED me! Mother-of-one, 35, left fighting for life after botched surgery in Turkey left her breasts oozing with GREEN pus… before her implants had to be removed
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- Manchester mother Danielle Hunt, 35, paid £6,795 for procedures in Turkey
A mother-of-one was left fighting for her life after undergoing a botched ‘mummy makeover’ in Turkey when her breasts started oozing with pus.
Danielle Hunt paid £6,795 to have breast implant replacements, a tummy tuck and liposuction at an Istanbul-based clinic in October last year.
The 35-year-old, from Middleton, Manchester, contacted a Turkish surgeon on WhatsApp after being shown his Instagram page by a friend.
She claims a receptionist asked her for photos which she promptly sent over and they agreed to carry out the procedures.
After she arrived at the clinic, she claims they got her blood test results mixed up with another woman called Danielle and they also told her she needed extra surgeries to the ones she had requested.
Once the procedures had been completed, she was left ‘crying’ in pain and her partner had to pick her up from the airport in a wheelchair.
Ms Hunt said it took eight weeks to recover to the point where she could walk again but her ‘wounds would not heal’ and constantly became ‘infected with oozing green pus’.
Eventually she found a private surgeon who would operate on her but had to fork out another £6,500 for the procedure.
‘They asked me to let them know when I’d booked my flights,’ the aesthetics practitioner told the Manchester Evening News.
‘There was no consultation. They didn’t ask me if I took any medication, had any health problems or drank.’
The mother-of-one flew out to the Turkish city and waited for a driver to pick her up from the airport as promised. After multiple phone calls, the driver finally arrived an hour later after accidentally going to the wrong airport.
Once she arrived at her hotel, Ms Hunt was then taken to the clinic for a pre-consultation appointment. There, she claims staff did not use gloves to take her blood and got her results mixed up with another woman called Danielle who had booked the same procedures.
The following day, it was time for Ms Hunt to undergo her three surgeries. Despite only wanting breast implant replacements, she claims the surgeons told her she needed to have a breast uplift surgery to re-shape her breasts into a higher position.
Before going under the knife, Ms Hunt claims she was presented with four 10-page long consultation forms that she needed to sign within five minutes or she would lose her surgery slot.
She said: ‘I signed them without reading them. I panicked.’
The mother asked the medics to let her know when they were about to put her to sleep, which she claims they failed to do.
The next thing she remembers is waking up in extreme agony. ‘I was asking for pain relief before it was due because I was in that much pain,’ she said.
‘They discharged me the next day and I got back to the hotel with only paracetamol as pain relief. I rang the clinic and told them I was in dire pain. I was crying asking them if I could go back, I didn’t mind having to pay.’
Despite a nurse visiting Ms Hunt at her hotel several times to administer pain relief, she was in so much agony she couldn’t even walk three steps in her room.
She said: ‘It took me 30 minutes to walk to the shower. I wasn’t getting any sleep or resting at all.’
Ms Hunt paid to fly back to Manchester a day early where she was met by her partner at the airport who had to put her into a wheelchair.
It took eight long weeks for the mum to be able to walk properly following her tummy tuck and liposuction – but her breast wounds were still causing her severe pain.
In a bid to ease her suffering, she visited Royal Bolton Hospital where she claims a surgeon told her said her bruising was the worst he had seen in his entire career.
Despite visiting a breast clinic three times a week, her wounds would not heal and constantly became infected with oozing green pus.
In a terrifying turn of events, she developed deadly sepsis on New Year’s Eve and had to be rushed for emergency surgery to have her breast implants removed.
‘I contacted three different clinics and all three refused point blank to treat me because of how the original surgery had been done,’ she said.
She was in so much pain she was out of work for three months and struggled to care for her non-verbal autistic daughter.
Ms Hunt added: ‘I’ve got a severely autistic child, she’s seven and non-verbal. I couldn’t be a mum for a few months.
‘That had an effect on her because she likes routine. I found it really hard because of the pain I was in. She’s quite strong, so if she pushed me, it would have been another hospital visit because I was in that much of a weak state. I felt like I was failing as a mother.
‘I was having nightmares and waking up dripping in sweat. I was constantly checking my breasts every two hours to make sure there was no leakage under the dressings.
‘I couldn’t go swimming because I was constantly anxious thinking people were looking at me. I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror.’
The ordeal took such an emotional toll on Ms Hunt that she was diagnosed with PTSD three months after her procedures.
She said: ‘You hear of the odd person dying from gastric sleeve surgery but it’s just getting worse. My surgeon said he’s seen more cases to correct. They’re all botched.’
Ms Hunt eventually found a medic who agreed to perform reconstruction surgery privately – forcing her to fork out a further £6,500 for the procedure.
Now rebuilding her life, the mother has issued a stark warning to others considering getting surgery abroad. ‘Going over to Turkey for surgery is not worth risking your own life,’ she said.
‘My little girl was nearly left without a mum. Turkey surgery is cheap but you cannot put a price on your life.’
Tens of thousands of Brits, particularly women in their 20s and 30s, flock to Europe for breast procedures, bum lifts and lip enhancements every year.
Turkey has become one of the most popular destinations, fuelled by celebrities and influencers who’ve made the four-hour trip in pursuit of revamping their bodies.
Clinics also offer luxurious ‘all-inclusive’ packages at five-star hotels, complete with meals and VIP transport. Such deals, on sale for in the region of £2,500, include the treatments themselves.
But despite seeming safe on the surface, Turkey is called the ‘capital of butchery’ by campaigners.
Dozens of ordinary patients have shared their horror stories at the hands of ‘cowboy’ surgeons, including some who needed life-saving treatment as soon as they landed back on UK soil. Correcting such botched ops costs taxpayers millions every year.
At least 24 Brits have also died going under the knife in Turkey since 2019, where standards are notoriously laxer than in the NHS. Surgical aftercare can be non-existent, too, argue victims of the procedures.