The mother of a woman who died from a blood clot after getting a boob job from a firm that advertises during Love Island says she wants ‘justice’ for her daughter.
Beautician Louise Harvey, 36, of Norwich, died in hospital on July 5 this year just over two weeks after going under the knife to ‘improve her appearance’.
She decided she wanted to have a tummy tuck and increase the size of her breasts after feeling self conscious ever since the birth of her third child.
Her mother Linda claims that there is a family history of blood clots in her GP notes, and alleges that she was sent home from the Transform clinic in London without any blood thinning drugs.
The beautician was rushed to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where she died on July 5 this year
Beauty therapist Louise Harvey (pictured), of Norwich, had decided she wanted to increase the size of her breasts and had the procedure done at a London clinic
Seventeen days later after her £11,000 op, she collapsed at home, struggling to breathe. She was taken to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where medics found she had developed a blood clot.
Her mother Linda, 52, said the family had a history of pulmonary embolisms but said her daughter believed the op was safe.
She told The Sun: ‘I want justice for my daughter.’
Mrs Harvey claims Louise believed that having both procedures together would be better because she would not have to go through two lots of healing.
She added: ‘When Louise told me about the double operation I was concerned because your body can only handle so much at a time.’
Ms Harvey is pictured with her two sons Owen, 11, and Jackson, six on holiday
Louise Harvey, 36, of Norwich, died after developing a blood clot followed by breast enlargement surgery
The opening of her inquest revealed her cause of death was a pulmonary embolism following breast augmentation.
Pulmonary embolisms occur when a blood clot gets caught in one of the arteries that go from the heart to the lungs.
Experts say that most side effects from breast surgery come from the anaesthetic and the surgery itself, like bleeding and infection.
Opening her inquest, area coroner for Norfolk, Yvonne Blake, said the beautician had undergone surgery to ‘improve her appearance’ but 17 days later collapsed at home complaining that she could not breathe.
The inquest at Norwich Coroners’ Court will take place on March 23 next year.
Just over two weeks after having the breast enlargement surgery, Ms Harvey (pictured) began to feel short of breath and collapsed at home
Mrs Harvey added: ‘Louise had no background health issues, no high blood pressure or anything. She was as fit as a flea.
‘But my nan died of a pulmonary embolism when she was 55. My other daughter has a history of them as well.’
The family are now asking questions over whether she received the right care.
Transform advertised during Love Island, which was show on ITV2 over the summer.
NHS England chief Simon Stevens has hit out at ITV for allowing cosmetic surgery ads to be broadcast during popular shows like Love Island.
What is a pulmonary embolism?
A pulmonary embolism is a blocked blood vessel in your lungs. It can be life-threatening if not treated quickly.
Pain in your chest or upper back
Coughing up blood
Pain, redness and swelling in the legs
These are symptoms of a blood clot of one of the deep veins, usually found in your legs, which is also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Blood clots can cause a pulmonary embolism.
A pulmonary embolism commonly occurs when part of the blood clot dislodges itself from your leg and travels up to your lungs, causing a blockage.
This can happen after long periods of being immobile, because when you start to move again your blood flow can be slower than usual.
You are at heightened risk of developing DVT and therefore a pulmonary embolism if you:
Have just had surgery/leg injury
Been bed-bound for a long time
Been on a long haul flight without moving for more than six hours
Source NHS and British Lung Foundation
Ms Harvey’s friends have set up a JustGiving page to help raise money for her children, Kayleigh-Anne, 18, Owen, 11, and Jaxon, six.
Mark Hutson, who set up the page, said: ‘Louise Harvey sadly passed away recently after a blood clot formed in her body.
‘It has been a shock to us all that this beautiful, young devoted mother of three has been taken away from us so early and without warning when she had so much to live for.
‘We have received an overwhelming response from family and friends offering their condolences and support and would like to contribute in some way to ease the suffering her death has caused.
‘We have decided to set this Just Giving page up so people can make their donations if they want to.
‘Our main priority now is providing a stable and happy future for her children, so all proceeds will go towards supporting Louise’s three children; Kayleigh-anne (18), Owen (11) and Jaxon (6).
‘Louise’s legacy is her children, we only wish to provide them with the love and support that they need now and for the future.’
Donating money and posting their condolences on her page, one person wrote: ‘RIP Louise, sorry we couldn’t be there to bid our farewells. Our thoughts are with Khailee, Owen and Jaxon.’
Another posted: ‘I’m so truly sorry for what’s happened. So unbelievably sad. Such an amazing mum and just a kind soul. Really was.’
Someone else wrote: ‘We never spoke to Louise but we always saw her smiling. So sad to hear Louise’s passing. Our thoughts are with her family xx’
While another donor commented: ‘Heart breaking life so cruel. Small donation towards this fund for her children. Thoughts with all her family hugs x’
Professor Beverley Hunt, Medical Director of charity Thrombosis UK, said: ‘This is an extremely sad and tragic event and our thoughts are with Louise’s family.
Friends and family of Louise Harvey (pictured) have been donating money to help support her three children
‘Hospitalisation is the greatest risk factor for blood clots, also known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) or thrombosis, and usually diagnosed as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).
‘Surgery of any kind increases a person’s risk of suffering a blood clot.
‘It is essential and mandated in England that every person admitted to hospital should be VTE-risk assessed and patients receive preventative measures if they have risk factors such as being overweight, over 60 and previous blood clots.
‘Knowing the risk factors and how we can reduce these, such as the importance of keeping mobile, well hydrated and continuing with any treatment or medication advised by the healthcare professional, even when discharged from hospital, is vitally important in preventing a serious blood clot developing.
‘All NHS England patients should receive information on thrombosis and advised to seek urgent medical attention if they should develop any symptoms, such as shortness of breath, unexplained pain, swelling or tenderness.
‘The ‘Let’s Talk Clots’ campaign is working to save lives through better awareness and increased understanding to prevent, protect and inform everyone about thrombosis.’
Transform has been contacted by MailOnline for a response but has previously said it has ‘undertaken a full internal investigation’ and is offering support to Louise’s family.
ITV has been contacted for comment.