A "BEAUTIFUL" mental health counsellor died while having a bum lift operation at a Turkish hospital, an inquest heard.

Tragic Melissa Kerr, 31, travelled from Norfolk to Istanbul to undergo the procedure on November 19 at Medicana Haznedar Hospital.

But she died during the dangerous op, which reshapes the buttocks by transferring fat from areas including the stomach and back.

A cause of death was given as a pulmonary thromboembolism and fat embolism caused by a cosmetic surgical procedure, an inquest was told.

Norfolk senior coroner Jacqueline Lake opened and adjourned Melissa's inquest with a full hearing set to take place on April 7.

Melissa worked as a psychological wellbeing practitioner at mental health charity Mind, according to a JustGiving page.

I will continue to love you with all my heart until my last breath

Her heartbroken twin sister Natasha paid tribute to the animal lover, who was "passionate about changing the world one step at a time".

She said: "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.

"A pure and beautiful soul inside and out."

Melissa's devastated partner Skye Birch left an emotional Valentine’s Day message on her Facebook page yesterday along with a series of touching pictures of the couple.

He wrote: "I will continue to love you with all my heart until my last breath.”


BRAZILIAN bum lifts are the "deadliest cosmetic procedure", a top surgeon has warned.

The controversial op involves taking fat from other areas of the body and injecting it into the glutes and bum to make them bigger.

But, if it's not done correctly, it can cause serious problems, Professor for aesthetic surgery Jim Frame from Anglia Ruskin University warned.

"To be successful, a fat graft needs nutrition and so has to be injected into tissue that has a blood supply," Prof Frame said.

"Fat has more chance of staying in place if it is inserted into muscle – but this is where the risk lies.

"Injecting fat into the buttocks can easily lead to serious problems if done incorrectly. These include a fat embolism, when fat enters the bloodstream and blocks a blood vessel.

"In the lungs, for example, it blocks oxygen from entering the bloodstream, while in the brain it can cause a stroke – both can be fatal."

Cheap overseas clinics are contributing to a rise in deaths from having the procedure, Prof Frame, a senior consultant surgeon at Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford, said.

Last year a survey of 692 surgeons from across the world found 32 patients had died from a condition called a fat embolism – where the injected fat travels to other parts of the body that it shouldn't.

""Most of these deaths appear to have been caused by inappropriately qualified practitioners working in non-approved facilities, including homes and garages," he added.

"Other post-surgery problems, such as gangrene and sepsis, can also be fatal."

The controversial Brazilian butt lift, made famous by US reality TV star Kim Kardashian, involves taking fat from the waist or stomach and inserting it in the buttocks.

It takes between one and two hours and involves a tiny cannula being inserted into a 2mm hole to extract fat.

The fat is then purified and re-injected into the buttocks.

But it is believed to have the highest death rate of all cosmetic surgery procedures.

Last November, an inquest heard how beautician Leah Cambridge, 29, died from a pulmonary embolism shortly after forking out £6,500 for a bum lift.

The mum-of-three, from Leeds, West Yorks, collapsed shortly after the op at a Turkish clinic loved by Towie stars, including Lauren Goodger.

Her partner Scott Franks had travelled to Izmir after she died to meet medics, who said of the operation: "It's a guessing game, you can't see where you are going into."

Wakefield senior Coroner Kevin McLoughlin called for a UK ban on the procedure.

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