COSMETIC CASUALTY Mum’s fury after daughter killed by blood clot after £11,000 ‘Love Island’ boob job and tummy tuck

Mum-of-three Louise Harvey died of a blood clot after having cosmetic surgery from Transform — a firm that advertises during Love Island

29 November 2018 - 09:25

A MUM of three died from a blood clot 17 days after getting a tummy tuck and boob job from a firm that advertises during hit show Love Island.

Beautician Louise Harvey, 36, booked the procedures with Transform after feeling self-conscious ever since the birth of her third child.

But despite a family history of blood clots in her GP notes, she was allegedly sent home without any blood thinners.

And a little over two weeks after her £11,000 ops she collapsed at home, struggling to breathe.

She was taken to hospital but died of a pulmonary embolism — a blood clot in one of the blood vessels in the lungs.

Louise’s mum Linda, 52, said the family had a history of pulmonary embolisms but said her daughter believed the op was safe.

 Louise was mum to Kayleigh, 18, Owen, 11, and Jaxon, six
Louise Harvey/Facebook
Louise was mum to Kayleigh, 18, Owen, 11, and Jaxon, six

Linda said: “I want justice for my daughter.

“They told her that having both procedures together would be better because she would not have to go through two lots of healing.

“They said she wouldn’t have to pay twice for the anaesthetist and the stay in the room, even the trips down there.

“Louise went to the gym and she was always self-conscious after giving birth to her six-year-old.

“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.”

Louise was mum to Kayleigh, 18, Owen, 11, and Jaxon, six. Linda is now raising the two young boys.

She added: “Louise had no background health issues, no high blood pressure or anything. She was as fit as a flea.

“But my nan died of a pulmonary embolism when she was 55. My other daughter has a history of them as well.

“And I know for a fact Louise had no blood thinners.

“We are deeply worried she has not had the right care.’’

Louise is understood to have booked her “mummy makeover” after a consultation with Transform in her home city of Norwich.

The family said she wanted a tummy-tuck and her existing breast implants enlarged and made perkier. She opted out of liposuction on her hips.

Following the operation in London in June, Louise stayed in hospital for two nights before heading home.

She proudly showed off her new boobs and was recovering “fantastically” her family say.

But she suffered a heart attack on July 3 and was taken to hospital, where she died two days later.

What are the dangers of having surgery?

We asked consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS member Naveen Cavale about how safe boob job ops really are.

Dr Cavale says that most side effects are going to come from the anaesthetic and surgery itself - bleeding, infection, wounding problems - rather than what you're having implanted.

"(Reactions to boob jobs) are rare - it's not something to worry about.

"Silicon implants are very safe - I wouldn't be putting them into people if they weren't and I'd highly recommend any of my friends, family or colleagues having them done, provided that they were going to have them done safely with a proper plastic surgeon who is a member of the proper society, has insurance etc."

The NHS says that any type of operation carries a small risk of:

  • excessive bleeding
  • infection (it's rare but if it happens, you'll probably need to have the implant removed)
  • allergic reaction to the anaesthetic
  • blood clot forming in the deep veins

It also warns that there's a possible link between breast implants and a rare type of immune system cell cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma

An inquest was opened earlier this week where the pulmonary embolism was confirmed as the cause of death. A full hearing will take place in Norwich in March.

NHS England chief Simon Stevens has hit out at ITV for allowing cosmetic surgery ads to be broadcast during popular shows such as Love Island.

He said they put young people under pressure over body image and urged broadcasters to look “very carefully at the kinds of impacts that it is having”.

But a source told The Sun: “Women are lured in by ads on shows such as Love Island for ops that are unnecessary.

“This was a major f**k up. What Transform have done is disgraceful.”

Transform said it has “undertaken a full internal investigation” and is offering support to Louise’s family.

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