Turkish doctors are offering cheap surgery for obesity that is not allowed in Britain to children under 16.

  • Turkey offers cut-price obesity treatment for children as young 16 years old 
  • Hospitals that offer medical tourism to teenagers openly advertise complex procedures. 
  • These procedures are not permitted by the strict guidelines of Britain’s NHS 

Turkey offers children as young as 16 years old a cut-price option for obesity surgery that is not permitted in Britain.

Openly, medical tourism clinics advertise complicated procedures for teens.

One firm, Obesity Treatment Antalya, is offering a gastric sleeve for 16-year-olds with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 for as little as £3,000 – less than a third of the price charged by private clinics in the UK.

Diarra Akua Eunice Brown, 28, (pictured) from the UK died two days after undergoing fat removal surgery in Istanbul, Turkey on October 22 earlier this year

Diarra Akua Eunice Brown (2nd from left) died in the UK two days following fat removal surgery at Istanbul, Turkey (October 22nd, 2013).

According to the company, the other conditions are that the child isn’t suffering from depression or psychosis and not be addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Istanbul-based Natural Beauty Turkey also said that gastric bypass is available for patients as young 16 years old, with no known side effects, including anemia, bone loss, and kidney stones.

To be eligible for operations on children under 18 years old, strict NHS guidelines require that all non-surgical alternatives have been “adequately examined and proven to be unsuccessful”.

You must also be at least 35 years old and have a BMI below 40.

James Byrne is a surgeon in bariatrics at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He said that the Turkish offers were unacceptable for children this age.

Ms Brown's operation was initially a success, but the 28-year-old (pictured) fell 'suddenly ill' two days later and died within hours

Although Ms. Brown’s initial operation was a success (pictured), the 28-year old died in hours after falling’suddenly ill” two days later.

Children with severe obesity need to be supported by multiple professionals, such as psychologists, dieticians, medical experts, and the entire family.

Children of any age should never be told that surgery is a quick fix.

According to the National Child Measurement Programme in Britain, the percentage of obese year-6 schoolchildren rose from 9.9% to 14.4% in 2019-20. Last month, the NHS announced that it would open 15 additional weight loss clinics for children under two.

A British woman flew to Turkey for liposuction on 22 October. She died just two days later. Diarra Akua Eunice Brown traveled to Istanbul for the procedure at the Bahcelievler clinic.

Although the operation initially went well, 28-year old died in a matter of hours after becoming’suddenly ill.’ Police launched an investigation into the matter.

None of these firms responded to inquiries for comment.