Denise Hendry, a former footballers wife, had no idea going in that her liposuction surgery would lead to her death. Dr. Gustaf Aniansson performed the surgery in Lancashire in 2002, and she died in 2009 while having surgery to repair the damage done.
Dr. Aniansson punctured Mrs. Hendry’s bowel nine times during the surgery, and is still practising in Sweden, where he comes from. Now another woman has complained about his techniques there.
The official cause of death for Ms. Hendry was meningitis, caused by bacteria that spread to her brain from her stomach. Coroner Jennifer Leeming stated that inflammation of the brain and blood clotting from an inserted drain contributed to death with the meningitis. The original relatively simple liposuction surgery was performed by Dr. Aniansson near Preston, Lancashire at the Broughton Park Hospital. Between 2002 and 2009, she had many surgeries to repair the damage, and it was during the last of these, at the Salford Royal Hospital, that she passed away in 2009.
Mrs. Hendry and 15 other women from Britian sued Dr. Aniansson for over £750,000, and won their cases. The National Care Standards Commission described her botched surgery as resulting from clumsiness. Her lawyer has now tried to get in touch with authorities in Dr. Aniansson’s native Sweden, but so far nothing has been done. He says that they have forwarded all information to the authorities there, including the complains from 46 different women, and the successful cases of the 16 women who sued him. Medical reports were also sent to Sweden.
Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare representative Anders Sunesson says that if the information was given to them in 2002 something could have been done, but since it has been seven years the courts will probably say no. The problem is that Mrs. Hendry just died in 2009 from complications obviously arising from his botched surgery. Still, Sweden is investigating the similar claims from a Swedish woman that Dr. Aniansson performed breast and stomach surgery on. He did remove himself from the General Medical Council register of his own free will in 2003, which complicates matters a little bit. There is hope that these new claims from Sweden will take this doctor out of circulation for good.