Turkey medical tourism agency named in New Zealand media

 

New Zealand media is warning prospective medical travellers about cheap medical tourism providers after a woman was allegedly left "infected and deformed" from a breast procedure in Turkey.

In a video posted with media reports, the New Zealand woman says she looked overseas because of the high cost of local surgery. After research on WhatClinic she choose to go to Turkey. She booked the breast lift and augmentation through medical tourism agency Clinic Centre and was treated at an unnamed hospital in Istanbul.

At the beginning of October, she woke up in an Istanbul hospital, shaking, sick, and vomiting blood. Despite this, the attending surgeon said she was well enough to leave hospital and fly to Thailand to recuperate. There she developed a serious infection, and she was admitted to Auckland Hospital when she arrived back in New Zealand.

After the initial breast lift and augmentation she noticed her breasts sagging. The surgeon was no longer working through Clinic Centre, so she contacted him directly. He had not done the lift as he thought she did not need it. They agreed he would do the breast lift, and a Brazilian butt lift, face graft and liposuction in her arm. It was after the second round of surgeries that she had serious complications.

Clinic Centre owner, Mustafa Temiz, said the company was not responsible for Reed's surgery; it only brought patients and surgeons together and arranged accommodation and travel arrangements. The terms and conditions include "you agree not to hold Clinic Centre responsible for any treatment that you will undertake in treatment provider".

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