03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

How Plastic Surgery Can Kill You

In the early evening of Friday July 20, Pauline Bainbridge had liposuction on her thighs. The procedure took less than an hour and she was delighted that it had gone so smoothly. By Saturday, she was out of the clinic and drinking tea on the sofa with her husband, Alan. The couple ate supper and watched a DVD until Pauline nodded off.

On Sunday, Pauline got out of bed and collapsed. Alan called an ambulance, but by the time it reached hospital, Pauline's heart had stopped. The casualty doctors treated her for a blood clot. They resuscitated her several times and gave her two blood transfusions. But less than 48 hours after surgery, Pauline was dead. She was 50.

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