Coroner to write to ‘Brazilian butt lift’ surgeon after dad’s suicide

Craig Cambridge was found dead three years after the tragic death of his daughter Leah, 29

An inquest into his death revealed that he never got over the loss of his daughter.  Image: SWNS.
An inquest into his death revealed that he never got over the loss of his daughter. Image: SWNS.

A coroner is writing to the surgeon who performed a botched ‘Brazilian butt lift’ on a young woman to alert him to the ‘tentacles’ of grief after her father took his own life three years after her death.

Craig Cambridge, 51, was found dead at his home in Leeds last April, three years after his daughter Leah, 29, died when surgery in Turkey went awry.

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An inquest into his death revealed that he never got over the loss of his daughter.

It was said that his life “went on a downward spiral” and he suffered from depression and alcohol addiction in the years after her death.

An inquest into his death revealed that he never got over the loss of his daughter. Image: SWNS.

Wakefield Coroners Court heard on Wednesday how his daughter Chelsea Cambridge’s partner found his lifeless body.

His tragic death came three years after his daughter died of a pulmonary embolism after Dr. Ali Uckan accidentally injected fat into her veins at Can Hastanesi Hospital in August 2018.

She had three heart attacks on the operating table at the hospital made famous by reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

Chief Medical Examiner Kevin McLoughlin, who was conducting inquests into Craig and Leah’s deaths, said he was outraged that the surgeon “confided far away” about the incident.

And he intends to go to Dr. Ali Uckan and the medical authorities in Turkey to alert them to the “tentacles” of grief left behind by the botched operation.

“I was outraged”

Addressing Craig’s heartbroken daughters Chelsea and Hayley and his ex-partner Theresa Hall today (Wed) Mr McLoughlin said: “I’m normally quite distant and hard-hearted when it comes to inquiries but when I saw another tragedy struck your family I felt quite painful.

“Having conducted the examination of Leah all those years ago, I was outraged that the surgeon in Turkey was doing the best he could.

“I suggest sending the report to the surgeon to make him aware of the tentacles of this thing.

“I intend to send it to the medical authorities in Turkey to make them aware of how a tragedy is manifesting years later.

“I feel terribly sorry for you as a family.”

Leah Cambridge, 29, from Leeds, who died shortly after surgery from a ‘Brazilian butt lift’ (Cambridge Family/SWNS)

The court was told Craig, a former personal trainer, was found by his daughter Chelsea and her partner.

They had visited him at his home on Monday April 5 but the door was locked so her partner climbed through a window only to make the tragic discovery of Craig’s body.

Paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at 7.50pm by the ambulance crew.

The court heard he left notes for his two daughters, showing he had intended to take his own life.

The investigation found he had been in the care of a community mental health team and had been on antidepressants.

Tragically, police discovered that he had tried to call the doctors three times on the morning of his death, but they weren’t open because it was a public holiday.

Craig had a history of anxiety and depression, which worsened after Leah’s death, and after turning to drinking he became addicted to alcohol, sources said.

Leah flew to the clinic in August 2018, which also claimed to have worked with British television personalities such as Lauren Goodger, Amber Dowding and Chloe Ferry.

Risks of surgical intervention

The controversial procedure takes fat from areas of the body and reinjects it into the buttocks to improve their shape.

Leah’s examination revealed that Dr. Uckan admitted to her widower Scott, who traveled to Turkey after learning of her death, that the operation was “a guessing game”.

At an inquest into Leah’s death in 2019, Mr McLoughlin branded the surgeon who performed the deadly surgery a “coward” for failing to answer her family’s questions.

Mr McLoughlin said he had Dr. Ali Uckan wrote eight times to ask him to testify at the inquest, but he did not reply.

Returning a suicide verdict, Mr McLoughlin said: “I am dependent on the pathologist for the cause of death which is hanging in this case.

“This was a suicide due in part to the death of his daughter who died in surgery in Turkey.”

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