Scots woman dies in Turkey during gastric band operation

Shannon Bowe, 28, from Denny, passed away during the procedure on Saturday, April 1.

A Scottish woman has died while undergoing gastric band surgery in Turkey.

Shannon Bowe, from Denny, near Falkirk, passed away during the procedure on Saturday, April 1.

In tributes to the 28-year-old on social media, her friends said they were “devastated”.

Her boyfriend, Ross Stirling, wrote: “Sleep tight my angel, love you forever and always.”

A source close to Ms Bowe said: “Shannon was one of the kindest people I knew and she would do anything for anyone.

“She was the life and soul of a party. It is so sad. These operations obviously are risky, but it is so rare you hear of this happening.

“Everyone is finding it really hard to believe she is no longer with us.

“She did not have any travel insurance and her family are now going to have to pay thousands of pounds to bring her back home.

“This is the last thing they need to worry about.”

Another posted: “No words, absolutely devastated. Life is so cruel. You will be forever in our hearts Shannon Bowe.”

A gastric band is a silicon ring placed around the stomach, constricting its size so you do not need to eat as much to feel full.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British national who died in Turkey and are in contact with the local authorities.”