Spotlight on death due to botched plastic surgery in KL

PETALING JAYA: The death of an Australian, purportedly due to botched plastic surgery in Kuala Lumpur, has been highlighted in an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) programme today.

The Daily Mail Australia today reported that Leigh Aiple, 31, died recovering from his procedures in 2014. He was said to have paid A$35,000 (RM109,530) to undergo a tummy tuck, liposuction, an upper eye lift, a chin tuck, a thigh lift, chest sculpting and lip filler.

"I don't want anyone else to risk it," the Mail reported his mother Grace Westworth as telling ABC. "It was totally dangerous. He was high-risk and they didn't stop."

Aiple was said to have two surgeries within five days. According to the report, he couldn't move, stand, or even roll out of bed.

His mother said he complained of shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and fainting spells in his emails to her.

Westworth said Aiple was allowed to fly home although his wounds from surgery had opened and were oozing fluid and blood into his bed.

"He came off that plane in a wheelchair, I said: 'How are you Leigh?' (and) he said: 'Horrid — I am in so much pain, I can't describe the pain'," Westworth said.

"When I saw the gaping holes I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I could see inside."

The report said Aiple collapsed at his Melbourne home the next morning, and died a short while later.

Westworth said coroner found that the treatment and care Aiple received was "well below Australian standards".

"The Australian medical tourist will not necessarily be aware of the difference in standards of medical practice and management of patient care," coroner Caitlin English was quoted by the Mail as saying.

The coroner warned of the risks involved with overseas medical treatment. She urged Victoria's Chief Health Officer to publish a health advisory warning medical tourism patients that overseas standards of care can differ to medical care in Australia, the report added.