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A woman died after being advised to have breast enlargement surgery and a tummy tuck at the same time "as it would be cheaper", an inquest heard. Louise Harvey, 36, died on July 5 last year having undergone the operations in London on June 17.

A post-mortem examination recorded that the mother of three from Norwich died of a bilateral pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that occurs in the lungs.
Secondary causes were recorded as breast augmentation and abdominoplasty, the medical term for a tummy tuck. Her mother Linda Harvey, 53, said her family had a history of blood clots.

She said her daughter was sent home without blood thinners, the inquest in Norwich was told.

In a statement read by Norfolk's area coroner Yvonne Blake, Linda Harvey said her daughter wanted a tummy tuck as "she felt she had some loose skin around her belly following the birth of her youngest son".


She said Miss Harvey spoke with someone at the clinic and "they suggested having (the two operations) at the same time as it would be cheaper". Her three-hour surgery was completed on June 17 and she took a taxi home to Norwich on June 19.

Her mother said Miss Harvey was not given blood thinners to take home, adding that "if Louise had been advised about this I would have expected her to tell me".

At an outpatient appointment in Norwich on June 26 Miss Harvey was advised that the "stitches were OK" and "she was healing well", her mother said.

But an ambulance was called and she was taken to hospital on July 3 after she collapsed and started fitting, her mother said. "Louise's organs were giving up," her mother said. "She had blood clots in her heart and lungs."

She said that on July 4 Miss Harvey was able to talk, asked where she was and if her sons could visit her but passed away the next day.

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