A self-conscious mother who died after a £3,000 ‘bottom lift’ at a Turkish clinic suffered three heart attacks after the operation, her fiance revealed today.
Leah Cambridge, 29, from Leeds, is believed to have been paranoid about the size of her stomach after having three children.
It is thought the mother of three died on the operating table at the Elite Aftercare Clinic in Izmir, favoured by the cast of The Only Way Is Essex.
Her partner of ten years Scott Franks, 31, said: ‘Leah was paranoid that she had excess weight from having three kids round her stomach.
‘I told her she was beautiful how she was but she really wanted it for her own confidence.
‘I didn’t think this would ever happen – or could happen to her.’
He believes Leah’s operation went wrong after fat was deposited into her blood stream and her oxygen levels dropped.
He says she was brought back to stable but she then had three heart attacks.
He said: ‘Leah was under anaesthetic and complications happened due to fat getting deposited into her blood stream and her oxygen levels dropped.
‘She was brought back to stable but had a further three heart attacks and there was nothing they could do after.’
Mr Franks, 31, also issued an impassioned plea for more information around the circumstances of her death, as his life, he said, had come crashing down around him.
Joining her parents in Turkey to fly Miss Cambridge’s body home, he said: ‘Leah was one in a million and I was so lucky to have her with me for ten years.
‘Two days ago I was happy – now I’m a broken man.
‘I know I’m moody and did her head in sometimes but I wouldn’t be where I am today without her is both guiding each other.
‘Leah wanted to get married and we def would of in next few years but instead I’m gonna have to plan a funeral.’
He told The Sun: ‘I just wish this was a bad dream. I’m hurt so bad and this is only the start. My life has crashed.’
He also warned others who were considering the cosmetic surgery to factor in all of the risks before going forward with any operation.
He added: ‘People need to be aware of situations that can happen with this treatment.
‘We are still waiting for answers and are also trying to get a flight to bring Leah home.’
Yesterday Mr Franks filmed a heartbreaking video showing him travelling home from Turkey.
It showed him arriving at the airport dragging some luggage, with the caption: ‘My baby’s suitcase.’
And this morning he uploaded a video showing her smiling and laughing as she hugged two of her sons.
One friend wrote: ‘I can only imagine what your going through…Cling onto them gorgeous boys, cuddle them tight xx so so sorry xx’
Miss Cambridge, who worked as a beautician, followed the likes of reality TV stars Lauren Goodger and Amber Dowding in opting for the Turkish clinic.
Other reality stars to have had surgery there includes The Only Way is Essex star Georgia Kousoulou, who had a nose job there.
Ex on the Beach stars Zahida Allen and Kayleigh Morris, Laytesha Grace, who appeared on MTV show The Valleys, and Geordie Shore and Celebrity Big Brother contestant Marnie Simpson, also had operations at the clinic.
Jemma Lucy, who has appeared on Ex on the Beach and Celebrity Big Brother, revealed she had a Brazilian butt-lift there this year.
She wrote on Instagram: Thankyou so much to @elitecosmeticsurgery !! The only place in the world where I would get surgery and enhance myself..’
The so-called ‘Brazilian butt-lift’ procedure involves taking fat from the waist or the stomach and injecting it into the bottom.
It serves as an alternative to buttock augmentations using implants and is believed to offer a safer way of plumping your bottom due to the ‘natural’ fat used, which minimises the risk of silicon rejection.