Woman dies while undergoing weight loss surgery in Turkey
A young woman died after undergoing gastric band surgery in Turkey.
Shannon Bowe, 28 years old, of Denny, Scotland, died on Saturday, April 1.
Shannon was believed to have traveled to Turkey to undergo the weight loss procedure.
It is not clear at what medical facility she was operated on or what complications led her to death.
Gastric band surgery involves a doctor placing a gastric band around the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch, according to the NHS.
When the patient eats, the small pouch fills up more quickly than their stomach normally would, making them feel fuller with less food. The procedure is said to help patients eat less, eat more slowly and lose weight.
To pay their respects, her heartbroken loved ones took to social media.
Her boyfriend, Ross Stirling, wrote: “Sleep tight my angel, love you forever and always.”
Her aunt Amanda Bowe posted: “My beautiful niece Shannon, there are no words, just heartbreak, and grief.
“Life can be so cruel. She was a beautiful, funny, crazy girl who will always live in my heart. “You will be sorely missed.”
Friend, Clare-Louise Farrell described Shannon as “the brightest spirit in the pub”.
Her tribute reads: “Such a sad time to learn of the passing of such a beautiful young soul, Shannon Bowe.
“You always had the brightest spirit be it in the pub or when I saw you at work.
“Your smile was infectious and lit up even the darkest of days.”
Another friend posted: “Sad to see the news of Shannon Bowe’s thoughts with all friends and family.”
A Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British national who died in Turkey and is in contact.