‘I flew overseas for weight loss surgery. When I woke up, I wanted to die.’

Melissa booked just one week off work and flew to Türkiye on June 26, 2022. Her surgery was scheduled for the next day.

At the hospital, she says she felt reassured as staff did “everything they said they would do”. 

“Everything was above board,” Melissa says.

But with hindsight, she says, there was one red flag. 

“All the paperwork was in Turkish,” she recalls. “My consultant spoke English, and she read out the documents but ultimately, she could have said whatever the hell she wanted.”

Melissa’s op, which involved having 80 per cent of her stomach removed, was completed in just 45 minutes.

When she woke up on the recovery ward, she was in agony.

“I literally thought I was dying,” Melissa says. “I’ve never had such excruciating pain in all my life.”

Melissa was told the pain she was experiencing was due to the gas from the anaesthesia trying to exit her body. 

“I’ve had two children, so I’ve been through pain, but this was something else. For the first 24 hours, I wanted to die,” she shares.

The only pain relief she was given was Panadol. “That is 24 hours I will never forget.”

Thankfully the next day, the pain had drastically reduced, and she was allowed to sip on some water and apple juice.