Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Payout for Family of Mother Who Died after Weight-Loss Operation

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Payout for Family of Mother Who Died after Weight-Loss Operation

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Byline: Josh Loeb

THE family of a woman who died following botched weight-loss surgery after her children were teased about her size at school has won compensation from the NHS.

Tracey Korkmaz, 41, weighed 23st when she underwent a gastric sleeve operation at University College Hospital to reduce the size of her stomach. She had aimed to lose 5st.

During the keyhole procedure, doctors failed to notice her stomach was punctured and she died 10 days later. She left three children, the youngest aged two, and husband Yusuf.

Her mother June Sillitoe said the teasing was a "main reason" her daughter decided on surgery "as a last resort". She added: "It's child cruelty. They don't know they're being cruel saying, 'Your mum's fat.' They don't realise the effects." She warned other women to consider the dangers of weight-loss surgery.

"Too many people see this as a quick fix, but a neighbour of mine also had it and died. The problem ought to be dealt in terms of why people are overweight. …

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