The family of a British mum-of-three who died after undergoing liposuction treatment in Turkey are speaking out to warn others about the risks of health tourism.

Abimbola Ajoke Bamgbose, a 38-year-old social worker, died in August after buying an overseas package deal with Mono Cosmetic Surgery.

Her husband Moyosore Olowo is now suing the firm and the surgeon responsible, Dr Hakan Aydogan, for £1million, claiming medical negligence with proceedings being issued in the Turkish courts.

Widower Moyosore described his wife as the "backbone" of the family, adding that she had a "calming influence" on him.

Abimbola, died aged 38 following "complications" during liposuction surgery in Turkey
Abimbola, died aged 38 following "complications" during liposuction surgery in Turkey

He told PA news agency: "Now I am left alone caring for the children and it is really, really painful."

Social worker Abimbola had travelled to Izmir on the Aegean coast for cheaper treatment after ruling out treatment in the UK because it was "too expensive", Mr Olowo said.

Abimbola opted for the Turkish surgery package which included airport transfers as well as accommodation at a cost of £5,000.

Abimbola's husband, Moyosore, learnt of his wife's death via WhatsApp

Mr Olowo said Ms Bamgbose began experiencing severe abdominal pain after receiving the treatment.

Four days later, he said, she was seen by another specialist at the hospital and had a second surgery.

After hearing the news about his wife's complications, Moyosore flew to Turkey to be alongside his "best friend" and was then informed that there had been an error in the first operation, resulting in complications.

After returning home to take care of his family, Mr Olowo then received a WhatsApp call from the surgeon, where he was told his wife had died. The couple, originally from Nigeria, had been together for 15 years.

The mum-of-three suffered "severe" abdominal pain after the first operation

In the post-mortem examination, the North West Kent Coroner Service found Ms Bamgbose died from peritonitis and multi-organ failure following a complication of the liposuction surgery.

Moyosore said his "beautiful" wife had suffered from low self-esteem after giving birth to her three children, Morayo, 13, Eyitayo, 10 and Titilayomi, seven.

Since his wife's death, he has not been able to return to work as a Network Rail contractor due to childcare commitments.

He pleads with people contemplating a cheaper surgery alternative to "not go".

"I am not going to label all medical practitioners in Turkey as below par, but there is the language barrier," he said.

He added: "I warn everyone who wants to book surgery in Turkey to not use an agent firm, speak to your surgeon directly, speak to their patients and never pay for a package deal of flights, hotel, surgery, etc.

"There are incredible surgeons in Turkey and they are too busy operating they won't be getting into deals with agencies to bring patients to their clinics. So please do your research and be careful."

Mr Olowo's Turkish lawyer Burcu Holmgren, of London Legal International, said: "I warn everyone who wants to book surgery in Turkey to not use an agent firm, speak to your surgeon directly, speak to their patients and never pay for a package deal of flights, hotel, surgery, etc.

"There are incredible surgeons in Turkey and they are too busy operating they won't be getting into deals with agencies to bring patients to their clinics. So please do your research and be careful."

Ms Holmgren added: "We say Abimbola's death is due to medical negligence.

"We do realise these procedures are risky, however medical experts we spoke to who have reviewed her hospital records indicated her operation was not handled the way it should have been.

"Now a loving wife and a caring mother is gone, and we are looking for answers. We also want to hold people responsible accountable.

"Nothing will bring back Abimbola but the one million pound compensation claim is for her children to be able to have a future. We are confident we will prove our claim."

Friends of Abimbola have since launched a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising vital funds to pay for her funeral, as well as sharing the donated money between her three children.

The Mirror has contacted The Mono Clinic for comment.