Bride-to-be dies after having gastric bypass surgery to look thin on wedding day

A bride-to-be who wanted to look thinner on her big day died from complications of gastric bypass surgery on the day she was supposed to choose her wedding dress.

Jana Moreels decided to go in for the operation after being frequently mocked over her figure and feeling uncomfortable with her body.

The 25-year-old was once left humiliated after she was forced to get off a funfair ride because the safety belt would not fit around her waistline.

After the gastric bypass op, Jana went home but suffered from back pain at her birthday party and within weeks had fallen into a coma as medics battled to save her life.

Jana was scheduled to have the gastric bypass surgery on October 17, just in time before she was set to choose her wedding dress for her upcoming wedding to her fiancee.

She was allowed to leave the hospital two days after the surgery, but two weeks later the young woman, from Belgium, felt severe discomfort during her birthday party.

Her parents Christelle and Laurent said: "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. She took a Dafalgan (paracetamol)."

When the pain persisted Jana went to see a doctor, although the tests carried out did not detect anything.

As the pain did not disappear and even grew worse, Jana was rushed to hospital on November 8.

The new tests revealed that Jana was suffering from a pulmonary embolism and pulmonary infarction, the death of a section of lung tissue caused by vascular obstruction.

Despite the doctors’ best efforts, Jana’s health deteriorated quickly and she fell into a coma due to liver failure. She went into surgery again for a transplant.

The transplanted liver was rejected by her body, so doctors had to start all over again.

Mum Christelle said: "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 23rd November 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."

For her heartbroken parents it was a hard moment as that day – last Saturday – was supposed to be the day Jana chose her wedding dress.

Christelle said: "On 29th June she would marry. Everything was already arranged. She only needed to choose her dress.

"Yet instead of choosing her wedding dress, we stood that day at her deathbed."

Dad 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.

He said: "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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