Family of mother who died after weight-loss surgery in Turkey awaits answers in investigation


Khelisyah Ashamu was just 26 years old when she died after a gastric bypass procedure at a hospital in Turkey. An investigation was opened today into the death of the mother of one

Khelisyah Ashamu, 26, who died a week after undergoing weight-loss surgery in Turkey
Khelisyah Ashamu, 26, who died a week after undergoing weight-loss surgery in Turkey

The devastated parents of a young British mother who died after weight-loss surgery in Turkey are hoping an inquest opening today will provide answers.

Khelisyah Ashamu, a mother of one, was 26 years old when she died on February 9, 2019.

Seven days earlier, the IT professional from Romford, Essex, had undergone a procedure known as “Roux-en-Y gastric bypass” surgery at Turkey’s Izmir Ekol Hospital.

Khelisyah had booked the surgery through a company called Get Slim In Turkey.

After her death, Khelisyah’s parents instructed experienced overseas surgical attorneys at Irwin Mitchell to investigate how their daughter had died and to support them during the investigative process.

Khelisyah’s parents have said they hope an investigation into their daughter’s death will provide answers to their family.

Khelisyah Ashamu was only 26 years old


Khelisyah Ashamu family)

Her lawyer, Cheryl Palmer-Hughes, said: “As we approach the third anniversary of Khelisyah’s tragic death, the family’s wait for answers continues and they understandably remain devastated by what has happened.

“Despite the time that has passed, the family is still no closer to understanding what happened to Khelisyah.

“Raising a young son who has lost his mother has made the last few years very difficult for Khelisyah’s family.

“While nothing can bring her back, we are determined to support the family and provide them with the vital answers they deserve.

“If the investigation identifies any problems related to Khelisyah’s treatment, it is vital that lessons are learned to ensure that others do not have to suffer in the same way.”

His father flew away when his condition deteriorated.


Irwin Mitchell/SWNS)

Khelisyah arrived in Turkey for surgery on January 31, 2019 and underwent her procedure on February 2, 2019.

Her father flew to his daughter’s bedside on February 5, learning of her deteriorating condition.

Khelisyah’s life support was turned off and she died on February 9, 2019.

Her parents said: “Khelisyah was such a loving daughter and adored her little son.

“It’s just heartbreaking for all of us to face life without her. Not a day goes by that we’re not reminded of what she meant to the family and what her death has cost us.”

“Khelisyah wanted the surgery after her pregnancy and C-section to feel better about herself.

“It was supposed to be a simple procedure. She was due home the day after her procedure and we would pick her up at the airport.”

She wanted surgery to lose weight.


Irwin Mitchell/SWNS)

“That our beloved girl never came home is something we can never get over.

“In the space of a few terrible days, a young woman with everything to live for walked away, leaving us devastated and heartbroken for her son, our grandson, who will never know his mother.

“We know the investigation is going to be difficult, but time has not diminished our need for answers.”

An inquest into Khelisyah’s death is scheduled to take place on 21 January 2022, under the jurisdiction of the East London Coroner’s Office.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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