Heartbroken dad of woman, 29, who died after botched Brazilian bum lift found hanged at home after depression battle

THE father of a woman who died during a botched Brazilian bum liftwas found hanged at home after a battle with depression.

Mum-of-three Leah Cambridge, 29, flew to a clinic in Turkey in August 2018 for the operation after saving £6,500 for the procedure.

But she had three heart attacks on the operating table and died of a fat embolism.

Her dad Craig Cambridge, of Leeds, was found dead by his other daughter on Easter Monday at his home.

He fought depression for years after the young mum died, an inquest has heard.

Senior coroner Kevin McLoughlin said today: "I dealt with the inquest of Leah Cambridge a while ago which itself was a tragedy.

"Our understanding is that Mr Cambridge was found hanging at his home.

“He had been diagnosed with depression, attributable to the grief of losing his daughter Leah.

"The tentacles of distress radiated out from the tragic death of Leah in Turkey and seem to stretch far."

Leah's widower Scott Franks paid tribute to Craig in an emotional Facebook post the day after he died.

He wrote: "Rest in peace Craig Cambridge, one top bloke. I'll never forget all the times you was there for me.

"We all love you so much, take care of Leah now mate."

In January, Craig posted a picture on Facebook with the words: "I miss me. The old me. The happy me.

"The smiling me. The laughing me. The gone me."

Beautician Leah booked her surgery at the clinic in Izmir through a UK company called Elite Aftercare, which offers clients a package that includes a stay in a villa. 

The procedure involves fat being removed from the stomach and back and injected into the buttocks to achieve an hourglass figure.

But tragically, Leah never came around from the anaesthetic.

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At her inquest in 2019, Mr McLoughlin branded the surgeon who carried out the fatal operation a "coward" for not answering her family's questions.

The coroner said he wrote to Dr Ali Uckan eight times to ask him to give evidence at the inquest, but the surgeon did not respond.

And Mr McLoughlin said he planned to ask the Government to consider banning the cosmetic procedure altogether – after hearing it's the riskiest cosmetic surgery procedure.

Consultant Simon Withey said it had a mortality rate of between one in 2,600 and one in 6,000 surgeries.

The next most risky – the tummy tuck – had a mortality rate of between one in 20,000 and one in 30,000.

Two months after Leah died the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons advised members not perform the butt lift until more was known about the risks.

Elite Aftercare insisted in a statement it is “responsibly run”.

It added: “As such, it takes its responsibilities extremely seriously.”

A full inquest into Mr Cambridge's death was adjourned to a later date not yet set.

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