British woman dies during butt-lift surgery in Turkey

A British woman died while undergoing cosmetic butt-lift surgery at a private hospital in Turkey, an inquest heard.

Melissa Kerr, 31, of Gorleston, Norfolk, was on holiday in Istanbul when she had the procedure on November 19 last year at the city's Medicana Haznedar Hospital.

Norfolk coroner's court in Norwich was told how the mental health counsellor died during the operation, known as gluteal augmentation.

Her medical cause of death was given as pulmonary thromboembolism and fat embolism, as a result of elective cosmetic surgery.

Norfolk senior coroner Jacqueline Lake opened and adjourned the inquest on Friday. A full hearing will take place on April 7.

Miss Kerr worked as a psychological wellbeing practitioner at mental health charity Mind, according to a Just Giving page.

Her twin sister Natasha who set up the page described her as "a pure and beautiful soul inside and out".

Natasha added on the page: 

Words cannot describe the pain and heartbreak we are going through, life without her will never be the same again.
We miss her deeply and nothing will fill the emptiness we are left with.

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