Girl dies after surgery to look thin on wedding day

Jana was supposed to get married on June 29.

By Web Report

Published: Sun 2 Dec 2018, 10:44 AM

Last updated: Mon 15 May 2023, 9:03 AM

A 25-year-old woman died during a weight loss surgery she went through to fit into her wedding dress. Jana Moreels felt sick two weeks after the surgery and slipped into coma.

"It was during that night that she began to have back pain. We thought she just had taken it a bit too far with drinking. Jana continued to be unwell and her body rejected a donor liver. Four days later the doctors also noticed a leak to the attachment of the gastric bypass which inflamed her abdominal cavity."

"Jana underwent a heavy surgery. On November 23 Jana got for the second time a new liver. Her body was however so weakened that she did not survive the surgery. At 2am at night we drove in all haste to the hospital. We were unable to say our final goodbyes. She died on November 24, the day she was supposed to choose her wedding dress in her hometown in Belgium," Jana's mother, Christelle told Metro.

Jana was supposed to get married on June 29.

"Everything was already arranged. She only needed to choose her dress. Yet instead of choosing her wedding dress, we stood that day at her death bed."

Her father Laurent said he felt the need to share Jana's story to the world to warn people before undergoing a cosmetic surgery for which there is no medical need.

"It does not make sense to look for a culprit, we will never know what really happened and Jana will not come back. 'But we want people to think twice or even three times before they have surgery. Accept yourself the way you are and do not let society influence you."

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