Tragedy of mum’s death after weight loss surgery

Pictured is Michael Slater of Fairbarn Way,Stannington,whoese wife Joanne died earlier this month
Pictured is Michael Slater of Fairbarn Way,Stannington,whoese wife Joanne died earlier this month

The husband of a Sheffield woman who died aged 38 after weight-loss surgery has spoken of the tragedy.

Joanne Slater, of Stannington, had a gastric bypass to control a hormone imbalance, which was thought to have caused her to reach 23 stones and prevented her from getting pregnant.

The insurance worker had suffered three miscarriages, and tried dieting unsuccessfully. She lost half her body weight after surgery and gave birth to a daughter, Lily-Mai. But she later developed serious nutritional deficiencies and a rare listeria infection doctors believe was triggered by the operation. She went into cardiac arrest brought on by pneumonia, and suffered brain damage.

Michael, Slater, 47, a cancer nurse, highlighted the potential risks of what was relatively new weight loss surgery in 2005. “It’s difficult - if she’d never had the operation, we’d never have had Lily-Mai.”