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A bride desperate to be slim for her wedding day died of starvation after stomach stapling surgery went wrong. Emma Favell, 32, paid a Belgian clinic �7,000 to carry out the radical procedure and within six months her weight dropped from 23 stones to 15 stones. By the time she married in March, she weighed around eight-and-a-half stones and was able to slip into a size 8 wedding dress.



But an inquest has heard how a mistake in the operation meant she was not able to give her body the nutrition she needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle and she died a month later. South Staffordshire Coroner's Court was told that Mrs Favell had suffered years of depression over her size.

The nurse, from Burton upon Trent, spent months researching the treatment before picking out a Sint Blasius clinic in Belgium, where the procedure is carried out for half the 14,000 price tag in the UK. During stomach stapling, surgeons usually close off some of the patient's small intestine, leaving a smaller area where food and gastric juices can mix. T

his gives them the sensation of being full after eating a smaller meal than normal. The inquest heard that in Mrs Favell's case, surgeon Jacques Himpens had left only a 30cm (11.8in) length of small intestine free instead of the recommended 75cm (29in). Pathologist Manuel Sotres said this was "not enough to ingest enough food to keep someone alive".

Six months after the June 2005 operation, Mrs Favell began to fell unwell and went for blood tests at her GP's surgery. But doctors failed to identify the cause of her illness and she became progressively weakerFollowing her wedding to administrator Daniel, 27, in March this year the couple honeymooned in Mexico.

By then Mrs Favell was so weak she had to be carried upstairs each night. She was admitted to Queen's Hospital in Burton on April 12, where staff monitored her and took blood tests. But no attempt was made to reverse the stomach stapling and Mrs Favell died on April 30. Coroner Andrew Haigh recorded a verdict of accidental death, but said the operation was partly to blame. He said Mrs Favell's death was due to multi-organ failure, protein malnutrition and malabsorption due to weight-loss surgery.

After the hearing, her mother Catherine McGee said: "We could see her fading away and absolutely nobody was doing anything for her. It was like they'd washed their hands of her because she'd opted to have this surgery carried out overseas. "Emma was very big and she'd tried all sorts of diets, but the weight just would not come off and she was very down about her size, really depressed. "She was desperate to be thin and planning to get married, which is why she was willing to go this far to get down to her ideal weight." South Staffordshire PCT, which is responsible for GP services in Burton, declined to comment.

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All comments are welcome. But I am quiet sensitive so keep it clean, sweet and always in my favour!!