A Mississippi is grieving the loss of a loved one after a Mexico for bariatric surgery ended in tragedy WLOX News reported.
Markita “Kiki” McIntyre passed away on May 6 while undergoing sleeve gastrectomy surgery. The operation which is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 15 percent of its original size by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach along the greater curvature to limit food intake. According to the news outlet, McIntyre’s friend Francesca Moultrie was supposed to join her before having a change of heart but stayed in contact with the 34-year-old before the surgery.
“I talked to my friend throughout the entire process. We talked every day, and she was asking questions every day in the group, so she was very knowledgeable,” Moultrie told WLOX News. “I asked her how she was doing, and she said she was OK. … I was going to talk to her after surgery around 2 or 3 p.m.” However, around 5 p.m., Moultrie said she received a call from her friend’s husband, who delivered that tragic news that McIntyre had become unresponsive during surgery and died.
“It was very devastating,” Moultrie said. “I just want to be a voice for these women about surgeries. Y’all are getting these surgeries, and they are not healthy, and they’re not good for your body. Don’t do it. It was a wake-up call.”
McIntyre’s death was shocking to the 20-year physician, who told the outlet that he’s never heard of someone in the U.S. dying on the operating table undergoing one of these procedures. He referred to McIntyre’s case “extremely rare.”
However, despite the warning issued by doctors like Balder and even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2019, the number of people leaving the country for “medical tourism” continues to rise, in part to the significant decrease in price for said operations. Dr. Balder told WLOX that the difference in price seems to be the attention-grabber for many, stating that on average, most common bariatric surgery procedures could cost anywhere between $16,000 to $18,000 out of pocket. However, outside of the U.S., a patient could pay between $4,000 to $5,000.
A GoFundMe has since been set up to help support McIntyre’s children, daughter Serenity, and two sons KJ and Deshawn.
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