Brit builder dies hours after cut-price £3,000 weight loss operation in Turkey

A British man desperate to lose weight died just hours after he underwent a £3,000 weight loss operation in Turkey, his devastated mum says.

Joe Thornley, who weighed 22st, opted for a cut-price gastric sleeve surgery abroad because the same operation cost three times as much at home in the UK.

In a tragic final text message, he told his parents that he was in "a lot of pain" after the two-hour procedure at the Medicana Bahcelievler hospital Istanbul, the Daily Star Sunday reported.

His mum Julie, from South Normanton, Derbyshire, said she didn't hear from him for two days and was then given the devastating news that he had died.


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Turkish officials ruled he died from “natural causes”.

However, a post-mortem in Britain blamed internal bleeding after the surgery.

Julie said her son wanted the surgery to lose weight and restrict his food intake.

He booked the operation just weeks before it was carried out and didn't tell his mum about it until the day before.

She told him that he didn't need it.

Mum-of-two Julie said: “He was a 25-year-old with his whole life ahead of him.

“Now I can’t stop thinking of all the other young people who want a butt lift or want something doing to their face.

"I hope ­anyone considering this reads our story and doesn’t take it lightly.”

After his final text, Julie and husband Michael, 57, did not hear from him for two days.

She assumed he was recovering.

However, police officers arrived at her work and told her that he was dead.

During a sleeve gastrectomy, surgeons remove about 80 per cent of the stomach so it is much smaller than it was before.

It means the patient can't eat as much as they could before surgery and they feel fuller sooner.

The operation costs between £8000 and £10,000.

The hospital was contacted for comment.

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