Mother is left with a gaping gangrenous hole in her leg after 'botched' liposuction

Mail Online | 1/15/2020 | Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline
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A mother who had liposuction to remove fat from her swollen legs claims she was left with a gaping hole by a bungling doctor.

Marie Allen, 42, has spent more than £25,000 on skin grafts to treat the wound that was so large it exposed her flesh and muscle.

Nurse - North - Carolina - Treatment - Lipoedema

The former nurse, from North Carolina, originally sought treatment for lipoedema, a condition that causes deposits of fat to form beneath the skin in her legs.

Not wanting to go under the knife, she opted for Vaser liposuction, a non-invasive form that sees fat cells blasted away using ultrasound waves.

Mrs - Allen - Burns - Leg - Skin

But Mrs Allen claims she suffered third degree burns on her left leg that became infected, turned gangrenous and caused her skin to 'peel off like an onion'.

The mother has had skin grafts to cover up the hole but is still unable to walk properly.

Ordeal - Mrs - Allen - 'I - Days

Recalling her ordeal, Mrs Allen said: 'I noticed four days after the procedure, there was small blistering and so I made a return appointment.

'I'd wanted the surgery as there didn't seem to be many options to treat lipoedema, and it seemed like a viable solution.

Surgeon - Years - Experience - Week

'The surgeon told me that he had 20 years of experience, and he said I'd be walking again in a week or two.

'Yet when I went back for that return appointment, I was told I had to wait a week before I could see the surgeon who did mine.

'But - Week - Skin - Onion - Days

'But within that week, my skin began to peel off like an onion. In seven days, the skin was dying and turning black.'

Mrs Allen blamed her surgeon for not prescribing her antibiotics or giving her proper aftercare.

She has since had to have all...
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