Chris Maloney, who appeared on the reality talent hunt show ‘The X Factor’ in 2012 and later in ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ in 2016, has been spotted in public for the first time following a trip to Poland for cosmetic treatments. Maloney underwent £100,000 worth of Polish cosmetic surgery for his sixth nose job, an operation on his eyelids and also a hair transplant.
Maloney’s Post-Surgery Scare
The thirty nine year old may have had a successful surgery, however was rushed to hospital in June when he returned to the UK and showed symptoms of suspected deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Maloney had woken up with no feeling in one leg and was also covered in purple and yellow bruises, feeling terrified he decided to go to the hospital as soon as possible.
Doctors had to admit him to keep him under observation and eventually prescribed Chris some blood thinning medications before sending him home to recover. With so many horror stories being highlighted recently about DVT clots travelling into the heart causing heart attacks, Maloney cannot stop thinking about how lucky he has been.
Potential Dangers Of Medical Tourism
Travelling abroad for medical treatments, also commonly known as medical tourism can actually be full of hidden dangers which are why experts advise against such practise.
Patients who travel abroad are treated as private patients and will need to pay the full costs which are typically lower than in the UK. This ‘money saving’ factor is why many patients opt for medical tourism; however there are heavy consequences and even the risk of death if patients do not carry out proper research beforehand. Some of the numerous potential dangers of medical tourism include;
- An increased risk of infection due to lower hygiene standards
- Prescriptions of counterfeit and incorrect medication
- Difficulties in communication
- Possibility of receiving unsafe blood during emergency transfusions
- An increased risk of infection and post-surgery complications as a result of air travel
- Absence of follow up care
- Legal issues – foreigners may not have legal rights and are sometimes unable to receive compensation for botched surgery