‘More Than a Nightmare,’ says woman whose intestines were stapled shut during a botched weight-loss surgery.
After a failed weight loss treatment in Mexico, when her intestines were stapled shut, a woman said she worried she would die.
After dealing with her weight her entire life, Amie Davenport of Baja, California, decided to have surgery, according to WTSP.
Davenport, a teacher and mother of two, said she considered undergoing surgery in the United States but ultimately picked Oasis of Hope Center in Tijuana, Mexico. Its low price of less than $6,000, as well as positive internet evaluations, drew her in.
Davenport’s approach was not specified in the paper. According to the center’s website, it provides bariatric surgery.
Davenport began to experience abdominal aches after the surgery.
“I can’t even begin to convey the agony I’m in. “It was very intense,” Davenport added. “It was radiating down my left side,” says the narrator. “It’s normal, it’s alright, it’s indigestion,” they said.
According to Dr. Sina Matin, a surgeon in the state, Davenport later went to a facility in Texas and had a scan that revealed the treatment was “severe malpractice.”
Davenport was left with diseased and swollen intestines that had been stapled shut on both ends after the procedure.
Davenport is one of the millions of Americans who travel to other countries each year for medical treatment. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states on its website that traveling to another country for medical care “can be risky.”
Most often, what are known as medical tourists from the U.S. travel to Mexico, Canada, or countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
The CDC advises researching the qualifications of the health care providers who will carry out the procedure and the facility’s creditors before going ahead.
Organizations such as the Joint Commission International, DNV GL International Accreditation for Hospitals, and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare have resources on the standards facilities must meet to be accredited.
Davenport’s husband Randy Davenport told WTSP he got himself prepared to tell their daughters that their mother may die.
She told WTSP: “I would describe this as more than a nightmare, it is the most traumatic thing I have experienced in my entire life.”
This website has contacted Oasis of Hope Center in Tijuana for comment.
Oasis of Hope Center told WTSP “no comment.”
Davenport said: “I finally spoke with a. This is a brief summary.