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Traveling overseas for medical procedures is a growing industry—but is the cost savings worth the risk?

Liposuction in Colombia

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The Botch Job: Irishman Pierre Christian Lawlor, 33, traveled from Ireland to Bogota in 2007 to have a few nips, tucks, and some lipo done, reported Irish newspapers. The day before the surgery, Lawlor found an Irish pub and drank alcohol and used cocaine, his wife reportedly told authorities later. The next day, Lawlor died of cardiac arrest shortly after the lengthy surgery. The doctor performing the autopsy said she was of the opinion “that his death should be classified as a operative death,” according to Ireland’s Herald.

The Real Deal: Though conditions are improving countrywide and Colombia is the highest ranking country in the Americas on the World Health Organization’s world health systems list, many garage clinics have popped up and none of Colombia’s hospitals have JCI accreditation yet, though three have applied and are under review.

Worst Medical Tourism Disasters

Liposuction in Colombia

The Botch Job: Irishman Pierre Christian Lawlor, 33, traveled from Ireland to Bogota in 2007 to have a few nips, tucks, and some lipo done, reported Irish newspapers. The day before the surgery, Lawlor found an Irish pub and drank alcohol and used cocaine, his wife reportedly told authorities later. The next day, Lawlor died of cardiac arrest shortly after the lengthy surgery. The doctor performing the autopsy said she was of the opinion “that his death should be classified as a operative death,” according to Ireland’s Herald.

The Real Deal: Though conditions are improving countrywide and Colombia is the highest ranking country in the Americas on the World Health Organization’s world health systems list, many garage clinics have popped up and none of Colombia’s hospitals have JCI accreditation yet, though three have applied and are under review.

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