These 3 People Went To Mexico For Weight-Loss Surgery And Now They Regret It | Megyn Kelly TODAY


>>>MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT. MANY CONSIDER WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY. INCLUDING OUR NEXT GUESTS, WHO ARE SO DESPERATE, THEY TRAVELED OUTSIDE THE U.S. FOR MORE AFFORDABLE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY. THEY ARE FAR FROM ALONE. THE CDC SAYS WEIGHT LOSS SURGERIES ARE NOW PART OF A WORLDWIDE, MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR, MEDICAL TOURISM INDUSTRY, THAT IS EXPECTED TO GROW SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE NEXT FIVE TO TEN YEARS. OUR GUESTS THEY WHILE THE WEIGHT DID COME OFF, THERE WERE UNEXPECTED AND DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES. WATCH. >>MY WEIGHT PROBLEM STARTED IN HIGH SCHOOL.>>I’VE STRUGGLED WITH MY WEIGHT KIND OF ALL MY LIFE.>>I GOT UP TO ALMOST 300 POUNDS.>>I TRIED A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT THINGS TO LOSE IT. IT WAS A CONSTANT BATTLE.>>MY STEP-MOM, LIZ, HAD COME BACK FROM SURGERY. SHE LOST ALL THE WEIGHT. I SAW THAT, AND I’M LIKE, I WANT TO BE THIN AGAIN. >>THERE’S NO WAY I COULD AFFORD THE OPTIONS IN THE STATES. I’M A SINGLE MOM WITH TWO KIDS. >>I SAW IT AS THE MAGIC BULLET.>>FIRST THING I CAN REMEMBER COMING OUT OF SURGERY, THAT I WAS IN HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE PAIN. ALL OF A SUDDEN, I FELT SOMETHING WET ON MY STOMACH. I LOOKED DOWN. I WAS BLEEDING FROM MY STOMACH. I LITERALLY NEVER THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO GET HOME TO SEE MY SONS AND MY MOM EVER AGAIN.>>THE ISSUES WITH ME CAME WITH AFTERCARE. >>THAT’S WHAT THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU. THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT THE AFTERCARE WAS. >>IT NEEDS CONSTANT MAINTENANCE. FILLS AND ADJUSTMENTS, ALL SORTS OF THINGS. >>TWO WEEKS LATER, I COLLAPSED. I WAS AT WORK. I COLLAPSED. THEY GOT ME INTO THE CT SCAN. THEY HAD SEEN MY SPLEEN HAD BEEN CUT. I WENT HOME THAT NIGHT, AND I WAS LITERALLY CRAWLING FROM THE BATHROOM INTO MY BED. I WAS PRAYING, HEAVENLY FATHER, THAT I DIDN’T DIE IN FRONT OF MY BABY. >>THE EMOTIONAL PART I DON’T THINK REALLY STARTED UNTIL I LOST MY STEP-MOM. HER BAND ERODED THROUGH HER STOMACH, AND HER STOMACH LEAKED ACID ON TO HER HEART AND LUNG. >>MY STOMACH WAS WIDE OPEN. ANYTHING I WAS INGESTING WAS GOING INTO MY STOMACH, AS WELL. >>I HAD TROUBLE BREATHING AT NIGHT SOMETIMES. I THINK THE WORST PART FOR ME IS THE NIGHTMARES. >>THE MORE YOU GET INTO IT, THE MORE IT STARTS TO AFFECT YOUR BODY PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, THERE IS ALWAYS THE THOUGHT, THIS ISN’T RIGHT. THIS ISN’T RIGHT. THIS ISN’T RIGHT. >>THEY DIAGNOSED WITH PTSD. I NEVER EVEN KNEW WHAT PTSD WAS UNTIL THIS. I RE-LIVE MEXICO IN MY HEAD EVERY NIGHT. NOT KNOWING IF I WAS GOING TO GET OUT OF THERE OR NOT.>>JOINING ME NOW, JESSICA, JUSTIN BLACKBURN AND CARSON MILLER. THANK YOU, ALL, SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. LET’S JUST START WITH WHERE YOU WERE, YOU KNOW, WEIGHT WISE, WHEN YOU MADE THIS DECISION. IT’S A DRAMATIC, DRASTIC DECISION, TO HAVE WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY, IN PARTICULAR. WHY DID YOU DO IT, JESSICA? WHERE WERE YOU PHYSICALLY?>>PHYSICALLY, I JUST WASN’T WHERE I WANTED TO BE. MY LEGS WERE HURTING. I LOVED TO PLAY SPORTS. I’M VERY ACTIVE. THAT WAS ONE OF MY BIGGEST DECISIONS. I’M GOING TO GET IT BECAUSE MY KNEES AND MY ANKLES WERE HURTING.>>HOW HEAVY WERE YOU AT YOUR HEAVIEST?>>I WEIGHED 251 POUNDS.>>OKAY. INSURANCE WAS NOT AN OPTION TO COVER THIS?>>NO. THIS IS COSMETIC, MOSTLY, SO INSURANCE DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT.>>SOME INSURANCE COMPANIES SOMETIMES WILL, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS THE EXCEPTION AND NOT THE RULE, TO GETTING THIS. SAME BOAT, YOU COULDN’T GET INSURANCE TO COVER IT IN THE U.S.? JUSTIN, HOW ABOUT YOU? HOW LARGE DID YOU GET, AND WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE YOU SAY, I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING?>>AT THE HIGHEST POINT, I WAS PROBABLY ABOUT 300 POUNDS. I LOVE TO SKI. THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS. THE SALESPEOPLE FOR THE MEXICAN SURGEONS, THEY LOVE THAT. THEY LOVE ACTIVE PEOPLE LIKE JESS, CARSON AND MYSELF. THAT’S ONE THING EASY TO SELL. WE ALL HAD KNEE PROBLEMS, OR WE WERE ALL HAVING PROBLEMS RELATED TO THAT BECAUSE WE WANTED TO BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE. THE WEIGHT MAKES IT DIFFICULT. YOU START HAVING PRESSURE ON YOUR KNEES, HAVING PAIN. >>THEY KNOW HOW TO LURE YOU?>>EXACTLY RIGHT. >>SAME FOR YOU, CARSON?>>YEAH. I WAS AN EX-HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE. RIGHT AFTER THAT, I GOT — I KEPT EATING THE SAME WAY, BUT I WASN’T AT PHYSICALLY ACTIVE. I GOT UP TO 295 POUNDS. THE DAY OF THE SURGERY, I WAS 285.>>WAS THERE ANY HESITATION? IT’S NOT UNKNOWN THAT THERE ARE RISKS IN GOING TO MEXICO OR SOUTH OF THE BORDER IN GENERAL FOR ANY SORT OF SURGERY. SO HOW DID YOU EVALUATE THAT IN YOUR MINDS?>>FOR ME, MY STEPMOTHER, LIZ, HAD JUST GONE DOWN TO MEXICO. SHE HAD THE SURGERY DONE ABOUT SIX MONTHS BEFORE I HAD MY SURGERY. ME, CARSON, LIZ AND I WENT ON A SKI TRIP TOGETHER. LIZ LOOKED AMAZING. SHE DROPPED ABOUT 50 POUNDS. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I REALLY SAW HER BACK TO HER OLD SELF. SHE WAS A NURSE. SHE TOLD ME, OH, THE CLINIC IS BEAUTIFUL. THE CLINIC, YOU KNOW, IS AS SAFE AS ANY CLINIC IN THE COLITIS. >>THE DIFFERENCE FINANCIALLY BETWEEN HERE AND THERE WAS WHAT?>>ABOUT 1/3 OF THE COST. >>1/3 OF THE COST. ABOUT $24,000 HERE? DOWN HERE, AROUND $8,000?>>I PAID $6,300 FOR MY SURGERY.>>$6,300. >>$4,700. >>IT’S CHEAP. DEFINITELY CHEAP BY, YOU KNOW, AMERICAN STANDARDS. BUT THERE IS A REASON FOR THAT.>>>UP NEXT, JESSICA WAKES UP FROM SURGERY, AND THE>>>LOSE THE WEIGHT FAST FOR HALF THE PRICE OR 1/3 OF THE PRICE. IT IS A TEMPTING PROMISE FOR MANY AMERICANS BATTLING OBESITY. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT OUR GUESTS TODAY HOPED FOR BY TRAVELING TO MEXICO FOR WEIGHT LOSS SURGERIES. BACK WITH WE NOW, JESSICA, JUSTIN BLACKBURN AND CARSON MILLER. JESSICA, I’LL START WITH YOU. YOU WAKE UP IN MEXICO, HAVING HAD — WHERE IN MEXICO?>>TIJUANA. >>HAVING HAD THE SURGERY. YOU’RE IN INTENSE PAIN AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP. TELL US WHAT YOU SAW AND FELT.>>PROBABLY ABOUT AN HOUR AFTER I GOT OUT OF SURGERY, I’VE NEVER FELT PAIN LIKE THIS IN MY LIFE. I WAS THINKING TO MYSELF, I HAVE TWO CHILDREN. I’VE HAD SURGERIES BEFORE. I WAS THINKING, WHAT IN THE HECK IS WRONG WITH ME? I COULDN’T EVEN TELL YOU HOW MUCH PAIN I WAS IN. ABOUT AN HOUR LATER, ALL OF A SUDDEN, I LOOK DOWN, AND I FELT SOMETHING WET. MY STOMACH WAS BLEEDING. THEY CAME IN, AND THEY SAID IT WAS NORMAL. THERE WERE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE ROOM WITH ME. I HAD TWO OTHER PEOPLE THAT HAD JUST GOTTEN THE SURGERY DONE, AS WELL. THEY WEREN’T BLEEDING. IF IT IS NORMAL, WHY AREN’T THEY BLEEDING? THEY RELEASE YOU. YOU CAN ONLY BE IN THE HOSPITAL FOR 24 HOURS. THEN THEY RELEASE YOU INTO A HOTEL, WHERE SUPPOSEDLY, THERE’S REGISTERED NURSES AND, YOU KNOW, A DOCTOR IF ANYTHING HAPPENS. WELL, I PUT ON A HOODIE AND SWEATS, AND I LAID DOWN TO GO TO SLEEP. I DIDN’T SLEEP THE WHOLE ENTIRE NIGHT. I WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN. I WOKE UP TO GET A LEAK TEST. THEY WERE TAKING ME TO TAKE THIS LEAK TEST. I FELT SOMETHING WET ON MY FACE. I WENT LIKE THIS. I WAS COMPLETELY COVERED IN BLOOD. I LOOKED DOWN AT THE BED, AND IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS A MURDER SCENE. I LITERALLY TOOK OFF MY HOODIE. I COULD GO LIKE THIS WITH IT. BLOOD WAS POURING FROM IT. I STARTED TO REALLY GET SCARED. I WAS DOWN THERE BY MYSELF. YOU KNOW, I WENT WITH OTHER GIRLS, BUT THEY WERE STRANGERS TO ME.>>THEY DID A COUPLE OF — THEY DID A FOLLOW-UP SURGERY TO ADDRESS SOME BLOOD CLOT ISSUES?>>THEY DIDN’T EVEN DO THE SURGERY. HE CAME IN AFTER I WAS BLEEDING LIKE THAT. HE CAME BACK, AND THAT’S WHEN I FINALLY SEEN THE DOCTOR AFTER I WAS BLEEDING LIKE THAT. HE CAME BACK IN. HE SUCKED OUT WITH THIS TUBE TYPE OF THING. HE SUCKED IT OUT AND SAID THAT’S WHAT IT WAS, A BLOOD CLOT. >>LATER, YOU GET BACK TO THE STATES. DURING THE AFTERCARE, YOUR PROBLEMS CONTINUED.>>YEAH.>>THEY TOLD YOU SOMETHING HAD HAPPENED DURING THE SURGERIES. BHA WHAT WAS IT?>>THEY CUT MY SPLEEN. I WAS BLEEDING INTERNALLY. ONCE I FIGURED OUT THAT THEY CUT MY SPLEEN, HE NEVER FINISHED THE SURGERY. MY STOMACH WAS WIDE OPEN, AS WELL. ANYTHING I WAS DRINKING, WATER, TEA, CHICKEN BROTH, WAS EXPOSING RIGHT INTO MY STOMACH. I WAS A BIG SEPTIC TANK BECAUSE OF THE BLOOD THAT WAS INSIDE OF ME, AND THEN ANYTHING THAT I WAS EATING, ANYTHING LIKE THAT WAS TURNING SEPTIC, TOO. >>YOU COULD HAVE DIED. >>I DID JUST ABOUT DIE. I DON’T KNOW HOW I’M STANDING HERE TELLING YOU MY STORY. WHEN THEY RUSHED ME TO THE HOSPITAL, THEY TOLD ME MOM, WE DON’T THINK SHE’S GOING TO MAKE IT.>>OH, MY GOD. JUSTIN, YOU MENTIONED LIZ, YOUR ST STEP-MOM, WHO HAD HAD THE SURGERY AND HAD DONE SO WELL. SHE WAS ONE OF THE REASONS YOU GOT IT. YOU GO DOWN THERE, CONVINCE CARSON, RIGHT, TO GET IT. YOU GET BACK. LIZ WOUND UP HAVING ISSUES, AS WELL. DID YOU HAVE YOURS BEFORE SHE HAD HERS, YOUR ISSUES?>>I’VE HAD FEWER ISSUES THAN PROBABLY CARSON OR LIZ DID. I’VE MAINTAINED A FAIRLY HEALTHY WEIGHT THROUGHOUT THE TIME. I GOT DOWN TO 205 POUNDS, WHICH IS CLOSE TO IDEAL. THAT’S FAIRLY CLOSE TO WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW. THIS IS WHERE I WANTED TO BE. LIZ STARTED DROPPING WEIGHT. SHE WANTED TO BE ABOUT 140, WHICH IS A GOOD, ATHLETIC WEIGHT FOR HER. SHE GOT DOWN TO 140. SHE STAYED THERE FOR A FAIRLY GOOD PERIOD OF TIME. RIGHT AROUND CHRISTMAS, SHE STARTED GETTING GAUNT. SHE GOT WHITER AND WHITER. SHE DIDN’T LOOK HEALTHY. IT WAS CHRISTMAS 2012. CARSON, RIGHT AROUND THE SAME TIME, GOT DOWN TO 155/160 POUNDS. BOTH OF THEM, THEIR BANDS WERE TIGHTENED. THEY HAD THE LAP BAND, WHICH CONSTRICTS THE FLOW OF FOOD THROUGH THEIR STOMACH. RIGHT AROUND THAT TIME, BOTH OF THEM HAD BARELY BEEN EATING. BOTH OF THEM HAD LOST SO MUCH WEIGHT, THEY DIDN’T LOOK HEALTHY. LIZ, OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, SHE JUST KEPT GETTING THINNER AND THINNER. SHE GOT DOWN TO ABOUT 125 POUNDS BEFORE MY DAD RUSHED HER TO THE HOSPITAL. THEY DID A CT SCAN ON HER. THEY COULD TELL THAT THE BAND HAD ERODED THROUGH HER STOMACH. THEY TOOK HER IN FOR EMERGENCY SURGERY. UNFORTUNATELY, AFTER ABOUT THREE OR FOUR DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL, SHE TURNED SEPTIC, AND THEY WERE UNABLE TO SAVE HER.>>SHE DIED.>>SHE PASSED AWAY.>>UNBELIEVABLE.>>MY BROTHER WAS — MY YOUNGEST BROTHER WAS 18 WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY. HE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN MAY. SHE DIED IN JULY.>>JUSTIN AND CARSON ALSO WOUND UP DELIVERING SEVERE COMP MY>>>MY GUESTS TODAY ALL SAY THE PROMISE OF A NEW ME MOTIVATED THEM TO TRAVEL TO MEXICO FOR WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY. WHILE THEY DID LOSE THE WEIGHT, THE POST-OP COMPLICATIONS WERE TOO MUCH TO BEAR. BACK WITH ME NOW, JESSICA, JUSTIN AND CARSON. SO WHEN, YOU KNOW, YOU LOST YOUR STEP-MOM, AND YOU AND YOU BOTH STARTED TO EXPERIENCE COMPLICATIONS OF YOUR OWN, YOU GUYS HAD THE LAP BAND PUT ON. WHAT WERE THE COMPLICATIONS? YOU WERE GOING TO A CLINIC IN ARIZONA, TO WHICH THE MEXICAN DOCTOR — NOT SAME AS JESSIE’S DOCTOR — IT WAS DIFFERENT, BUT ALSO IN TIJUANA. HE RECOMMENDED THIS CLINIC. WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM?>>THEY WEREN’T CERTIFIED. YOU HAD A FULL LIST OF PEOPLE YOU COULD GO TO. YOU ASSUME THAT THEY’RE CERTIFIED, TRAINED, AND THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING. YOU GO INTO A CLINIC. AGAIN, THIS ISN’T COVERED BY INSURANCE. A LOT OF THIS HAS TO DEAL WITH MONEY. YOU PAY CASH TO GET THE BAND ADJUSTED. THE BIGGEST THING IS AFTERCARE. MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT OVEREATING, UNDEREATING, WHATEVER. I GO IN, AND THEY OVERFILL IT. MINEIC CENTIMETERS OF FLUID. THEY FILLED IT TO 10. >>SO THEY COULDN’T EAT ANYTHING. >>WHEN YOU FIRST LEAVE, I COULD. FOR A FEW MONTHS, I WAS ABLE TO EAT. IT GOT WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE. FINALLY, WHEN I GOT RUSHED TO A BARIATRIC SURGEON AT ST. JOSEPH JOSEPH’S IN PHOENIX, I COULDN’T EVEN DRINK WATER. >>SAME FOR YOU?>>I HAD TO HAVE MINE UNFILLED. THEY ONLY PUT SEVEN IN MINE. THE WORST PART ABOUT IT IS, WE FOUND OUT GWENDOLYN HALL WAS A NURSE MIDWIFE. I FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE ARIZONA NURSING BOARD. WHEN THEY REVOKED HER LICENSE, SHE SURRENDERED HER LICENSE, I’M SOR SORRY. WHEN SHE SURRENDERED HER LICENSE, AS A NURSE MIDWIFE, SHE’S NOT LICENSED TO TREAT MALE PATIENTS. WE’D BEEN SEEING CARSON AND I, AND SHE’S NOT LEGALLY ALLOWED TO SEE US, LET ALONE DO ANYTHING BARIATRIC RELATED AT ALL. IT WAS AN EYE-OPENER. WE DIDN’T FIND THIS OUT UNTIL ALMOST THREE YEARS AFTER LIZ DIED. WE FOUND THIS OUT LAST YEAR IN MAY, WHEN THEY FINALLY REVOKED HER LICENSE.>>OUR PRODUCERS REACHED OUT TO HALL REGARDING THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST HER. SHE SAID SHE DID WARN YOUR STEP-MOTHER THAT SHE NEEDED TO SEEK ADDITIONAL MEDICAL CARE. AS FOR YOUR ALLEGATIONS, JUSTIN AND CARSON, SHE DENIES OVERFILLING YOUR LAP BANDS. SAID TO US, ALL THESE PEOPLE KNEW THE RISKS WHEN THEY GO INTO SURGERIES IN MEXICO. PEOPLE HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN HEALTHCARE. YOUR REACTION TO THAT?>>YOU DON’T KNOW THE RISK. THEY DON’T TELL YOU ABOUT IT. THEY DON’T TELL YOU ANYTHING OF THE SORT ON THE TRUTH OF IT. THAT’S WHERE IT IS THE PROBLEM AND WHY WE’RE SITTING HERE RIGHT NOW. THERE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE REGISTERED DOCTORS AT THE HOTEL YOU WERE AT. THEY DIDN’T HAVE ONE UNTIL THE DAY I LEFT MEXICO. I’M SITTING THERE BLEEDING TO DEATH, AND THERE’S NOT ANYBODY THERE TO HELP YOU. HA THAT’S THE TYPE OF RISK THAT’S NOT RIGHT. THEY’RE TELLING YOU ONE STORY, AND YOU’RE GETTING A WHOLE OTHER BALL GAME ON IT. THAT’S WHERE IT IS AT. >>WHERE ARE YOU TODAY, JESSIE?>>I AM SICK ALL THE TIME STILL. I HAVE BEAR CLAWS THAT HOLD MY STOMACH TOGETHER. HE COMPLETELY SHREDDED ME. I KNOW I WENT TO MEXICO. I KNOW THAT I’M THE ONE WHO DID IT. I LIVE WITH IT EVERY DAY. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE TELL ME, WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU DID IT. NOBODY FORCED YOU TO DO IT. NOBODY DID ANYTHING. NOBODY FORCED ME TO DO IT. I WENT DOWN THERE AND DID IT. BUT I LIVE WITH THE CONSEQUENCES EVERY DAY OF IT. BECAUSE OF WHAT WAS DONE. HE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A CONSCIOUS, WHAT HE DID TO ME. HE KNEW HE CUT MY SPLEEN. HE KNEW IT THEN AND THERE. I WAS BLEEDING. I WOKE UP INSTANTLY WITH COMPLICATIONS. IT’S NOT LIKE I RETURNED. >>AND SENT YOU OFF ON YOUR WAY.>>EXACTLY. HOW COME YOU DIDN’T TAKE ME IMMEDIATELY? IF HE EVEN HAD A CONSCIOUS, OR THE WOMAN THAT TOOK ME OVER THERE, WHY DIDN’T THEY TAKE ME OVER TO SAN DIEGO IMMEDIATELY AND GET ME PROPER CARE THAT I NEEDED WITH IT?>>WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW? PEOPLE CONSIDERING THIS SURGERY, WHICH IS FAR CHEAPER.>>WELL, AS WE WERE FLYING OUT HERE, WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE AMERICAN AIRLINES IN-FLIGHT MAGAZINE. THERE WAS AN AD FOR MEXICAN TOURISM IN JUAREZ.>>MEDICAL TOURISM. >>MEDICAL TOURISM IN JUAREZ. WE’RE LOOKING AT MEDICAL TOURISM IN JUAREZ. THE IMPORTANT THING IS, WE’RE NOT SUING FOR MALPRACTICE. THAT’S THE THING ABOUT OUR LAWSUIT. IT’S NOT A MALPRACTICE LAWSUIT. >>YOU FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE DOCTORS, THE CLINIC?>>PRIMARILY, WE FILED IT AGAINST THE RECRUITERS. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO GO DOWN TO MEXICO. THE THING ABOUT THE UNITED STATES IS, WE HAVE FRAUD LAWS. YOU HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY’RE GETTING. YOU HAVE TO DISCLOSE TO PEOPLE THE RISKS. YOU HAVE TO DISCLOSE TO PEOPLE WHO THEY’RE DEALING WITH.>>IT’S DIFFERENT THERE. >>EVEN IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY. THEY’RE DOING THE RECRUITING IN THE UNITED STATES. THEY’RE DOING THE ADVERTISING FOR MEDICAL TOURISM HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE COMPANIES THAT ARE DOING THE ADVERTISING HERE ARE STILL BOUND BY OUR U.S. LAWS. >>LAST WORD TO YOU, CARSON. FOR THOSE SITTING AT HOME RIGHT NOW THINKING, WELL, YOU KNOW, $6,000 IS BETTER THAN $24,000. MAYBE THIS WON’T HAPPEN TO ME. WHAT SAY YOU?>>THERE’S OTHER AVENUES. I REGRET DOING IT. I WOULDN’T DO IT AGAIN. DO YOUR RESEARCH. THE OLD ADAGE EVERYONE SAYS ALL THE TIME, BUT DO YOUR RESEARCH. YOU HAVE THE WILLPOWER PROBABLY TO HANDLE IT YOURSELF. YOU DON’T NEED TO DO IT THIS WAY. >>THERE IS A REASON WE HAVE ALL THE LAWYERS IN AMERICA. THEY’RE NOT ALL BAD. THEY’RE NOT ALL BAD. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR TELLING YOUR STORY. HOPE YOU WELL. WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. >>DO YOU WANT TO TELL THE AUDIENCE, WE’VE REACHED OUT TO THE KEY DEFENDANTS INVOLVED IN THE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT.

100 thoughts on “These 3 People Went To Mexico For Weight-Loss Surgery And Now They Regret It | Megyn Kelly TODAY

  1. I went to Mexico to have surgery in my ear and for medicine because its MUCH cheaper. It's very beneficial as long as you know someone that's trustable. It always goes successfully More often then not.

  2. Be careful what you wish for.
    My heart goes out to these people and many others who have suffered at the hands of surgeons. People are focusing too much on wanting results fast, now, today.

    I hope this video changes the minds of people considering this type of operation.

    Start by walking slow short walks then walk further each day, you will soon firm up, lose weight plus it will improve your heart and health. Granted it will not be an instant weight loss but you will be around a lot longer in the long run! 😉 sorry 'run' wasn't intended…groan!

  3. Lack of public healthcare and neo liberalism makes medicine a business in the USA. The prices there are just ridiculous because hospitals can make whatever prices they want (specially without public healthcare)
    When visiting US every single travel agency advices healthcare insurance because US is a jungle in terms of health…just the ideia of recovering in a hotel and I know US does the same disgusting! Glad I live in Europe

  4. Okay. Once upon a time I got fat. For like 2 years after my divorce I just let it go. I lost it all on my own eating healthy and exercising losing 80 pounds in less than 6 months. You got yourself there you need to get yourself out. Surgery is great for things people can’t control but weight (besides a condition, is not one of those beyond your control things. Also, they did all lose weight at least. Lol

  5. People in the comments saying this happens everywhere but Canadians pay for there medical insurance to extend to the us when they travel

  6. Omg these idiots!!!! They never researched the aftercare or the clinics they were going to. Jesus 🙄 stupid is as stupid does

  7. Even me as an Mexican, the only place in Mexico I would get surgery from is Mexico City because its more modern and they actually have accredited and recognized Dr’s. But even then, I would just save up the extra money and stay in the US.

  8. Also, ignore the real problem, people go to places to seek “help” rather than start taking care of their own health, always seeking the easier way out. Blame a country for your poor health care doesn’t make sense to me. A lot of people go out of state to get cosmetic surgery done and obviously it is life changing and an extremely risk for o e to take and act upon correctly. Crazy.

  9. It's NOT about health insurance. It's about health!
    How about make better life choices and take responsibility for your own health??? Dont cry genetics either! I realize heredity can play a role but, there is much that can be achieved through diet and exercise.

  10. This is so stupid, you exposing 3 people, but you don’t bring thousands others that save millions of dollars in medical treatment and medicine, I have medical experience in both countries and I have more poor care in USA more that Mexico. I do not defend bad practices in Mexico, just this tv show is not right when you expose one little part of the issue and not the other success parts of this history.

  11. Medical complications can happen anywhere. Funny how they ALL have lost significant amounts of weight and they all look great! I have had numerous surgeries in Mexico and had no complications and great care. You have to do your research.

  12. People are saying ohh why is this only happening in Mexico it happens everywhere else like ok.. but we talking about them this happened in Mexico for them not no other place Mexico I’m sure we know it happens everywhere else but the topic is in Mexico

  13. I went to Tijuana for the sleeve this month, had an amazing experience!
    Research the lap band here in the USA, it is horrible!
    Tijuana was amazing and the hospital was cleaner then any American hospital, the staff and Doctor was amazing!
    The key is research your doctor, hospital, after care!

  14. Maybe just maybe you can try like all of us do, the hard way, my daughter in law had a life threatening weight problem, and she just ordered an exercise machine and started eating healthy and now she even have Jobs, yeah jobs not a job when before she couldn't even walk one block.

  15. Whoa, hellfire I went Juarez when I was 15, and it is this very poor border town. Now the cartels have ruined it for tourism. I would never, ever go there for surgery. And I speak Spanish.

  16. So its NOT bc its in MEX..its bc they didnt do their homework..How do you go to a place where the docs arent certified…

  17. That is one thing I never understood is Insurance how is it you get people who can go in there and get surgery done and you heal the insurance pays for it but then when you go in and get the same insurance they say they don't pay for it you see people walk around with braces and on the teeth and having surgery done to lose weight so where are these Insurance places at that does all this cuz I would love to have it done

  18. My gosh. Just put the food down. I would do that no matter what before going outside of the country

  19. Even here in the States, this can really happen. I am RN for a long time and I’ve seen the complications with these kind of procedures. And these are done in the US. Usually it happens 5-10 years after….

  20. This is a type of surgical procedure that has a lot of complications. I know people who have nearly died in the US from this surgery. People should avoid this weight loss surgery. It’s bad.

  21. My sister did this surgery and she never told anybody that she went to Mexico. To this day she doesn’t speak to my family and she’s changed.

  22. Forget all that. I've seen and heard enough. A lot of people go Mexico for surgery and end up dying.The facts speak for themselves.

  23. My insurance covered the surgery and I came out of the surgery in burning, sharp pain. I ended up spending 11 days in the hospital bc of internal bleeding, I had a bad reaction to the blood thinners. I am 33 and healthy (almost a black belt in taekwondo). After a 2nd surgery and a few blood transfusions later… I am doing great.

  24. I sometimes don't understand why people would even go as far as to have weight loss surgery. Put in the effort in to losing weight. And I mean really try, not just, eat a salad all the time and call it quits because they see no change. There's a reason why there are certified nutritionist out there and personal trains and primary doctors and therapist, they are there to help guide you through a healthy weight loss goal and to make sure your making health conscious decision when it comes to weight loss.

  25. Well its the price you pay. Well half the price even paying full price doesn't guarantee great results. Dont mess w what God blessed you w.

  26. I’ve seen these same problems with bariatric surgery here in the US. I have seen more patients with complications here in the US than I’ve seen with patients that had the surgery outside the US.

  27. I’m dying and I can’t get care in America. The DR I’ve had for years runs a racket. Running patients in like cattle. I’ve been treated all kind of ways. I hardly ever see a doctor. Mostly just Nurse Practicioners. My previous insurance paid probably upwards of 250,000 for my healthcare over the years. I am just sitting out here with problems that I can’t take care of. When I started going to Drs they were friendly and thorough. Now you feel like a number. Healthcare in this country is better but for the price we have to pay it is not close to what it should be. I’ve been to one place. Bon Secours St Francis is the only place I’ve been where people actually care and you are treated professionally and well taken care of. Our system is a huge mess over all.

  28. This is a great story to get out. I just can't stand the MK. She sounded a bit judgemental. Just because they left the country doesn't mean its automatically going to go wrong. They got botched it's not their fault.

  29. Well…at least they're thin now…right? I mean…that's the most important thing…right? What price THIN???????

  30. Mexico or any other place SEARCH the clinic INVESTIGATE !!! Not just take other peoples word ! Is your HEALTH in risk and especially in Tijuana ! Go to Mexico City hospitals !!!!

  31. Have these people checked they still have both kidneys or that all their major and vital organs are intact?

  32. I am a foreign doctor who practiced in U.S. I can tell the standard of care in "surgeries" are almost the same everywhere. It is obvious doctors in America have so much more resources that anywhere else. However, having all the resources do not erase the chances of complications. This type of complication certainly happen in U.S on the hand of outstanding doctors.. It is on the statistics, maybe the difference is that in USA doctors are liable. In other countries doctors are not prosecuted as hard as in U.S

  33. Primary care Dr and The weight loss Dr has to deem it Medically Necessary……I had it done 2003….the lap band is the WORST option in the world

  34. I don't understand why would they jeopardized they life to lose weight. Why not work out instead of getting cut… These ppl put there own lives at risk…. they tell you NOT to go over seas or to Mexico for cheater surgeries… So why do it? But his mother didn't heal all the way so why get it…. PPL always trying to get things done cheaper and they tell you it can cost you your life.. SMH sorry but I don't feel sorry for them because they knew better

  35. "It's cheaper, but there's a reason for that." Yes, Megyn, it's cheaper because American healthcare is astronomically expensive!

  36. Did these people even research any of the facilities where they got cut open? I'm sorry this happened to them.

  37. I think this could have all just been so easily prevented if they just practiced good calorie counting and got physically active, no need for risky surgeries…no need to put themselves in danger, just eat clean and join a workout class, there’s no risk or trauma in that

  38. Mexico has fertility treatment and surgeries for a lot cheaper to have a baby cheaper than America !

  39. Ive been needing dentures since i was 18 and havent been able to afford the 15grand to get them done here in America. Ive researched dentists in Mexico for over a decade, i live in Texas so its not a far trip but throughout my research ive found tons of horrible dentists. Ive not been able to go to mexico to get them done but if i dont figure out something soon ill definitely be dead by 40 and im 32 now… its ridiculous that healthcare doesnt cover dental procedures when your dental health makes up such a huge portion of your overall health. I was born with amelogenisis imperfecta which means i was born with no tooth enamel so i cant just diet or exercise, theres absolutely nothing i can do besides have them pulled and get dentures.

  40. Lady in black is so sedated from antidepressants and antianxiety meds that its sad. This ruined her entire life…

  41. Madness to choose surgery when ALL you had to do was KETO together with INTERMITTENT FASTING…complete madness.

  42. I went here in A.Z and got the weight loss surgery WE WERE NOT TOLD THE WHOLE TRUTH about the surgery I ended up having a huge bulge on my side and my sister n law is in the med field and she came to visit from Calf where she lives and she said you have a hernia so I went in to get it fixed and after the surgery went good but when they were taking out the staples out it opened all the way so I went back to the hospital I ended up on life support in I.C.U for 15 days 4 doctors told my husband and son that I probably was not going to make it but my pastors and family were praying for me all over the world and God saw me through he healed I found out that hernia was from 2 yrs earlier and I found out was from the weight loss surgery and it healed on the outside but not on the inside so it was full of gangrene and that had been leaking in my stomach and so when I came out of it I was in the hospital for 2 weeks learning how to hold my head up and talk and eat I could not walk so I got sent to a place for rehabilation for 2 weeks learned how to walk and shower my self and I had a wound vack on and at home I had to have nursing care and therapy it was crazy but I am alive the Lord Jesus Christ brought me through and I have a hernia again in the same place the doctor said it could come back so here we go but hopefully it will be better this time and not full!!! And I have had 2 heart attacks since the weight loss surgery and now I had a seizure so I have to take meds for that. So know when you go get the weight loss surgery things can happen I had to have an open and he cut to close to the base of my lung so instead of 3 holes and 2 to 3 hrs surgery it was a cut all the way down the front of my stomach and 11hrs of surgery and the Dr did not tell me anything and I found out 7 days later a nurse told me about the dr cutting to close to the base of my lung……she said well it was no secret…… except to me. So be very careful to do your homework and pray!!!

  43. Thats why u dont go to other countrys , u people are so dumb thats why u rearch it first, good luck on the lawsuit it be hard in that country

  44. Had mine done in mexico and love the results. There is always going to be chances with anything you do in life. Hate they had a bad experience.

  45. 14:18 im sorry… what? this woman is blaming the doctors, while even though what they did is horrible, shes mega dumb for not doing her research. sad, stupid lady.

  46. I had a friend that went through this. She made it to San Diego and ended up in the hospital. She was there 5 months.

  47. So how is Jessica Ballandby one year later? How about a followup report! I'm sure viewers would like to know IF she is any better than on May 24, 2018

  48. WHY DO AMERICANS HAVE TO GO MEXICO TO BE BUTCHERED BY MEXICAN'S WITH A SCALPEL.

    WHY CAN'T AMERICAN TAX PAYERS HAVE UNIVERSAL HEALTH-CARE . THIS IS SHAMEFUL .ALL THE TAXES WE PAY TO LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY ,THE #1 COUNTRY IN THE WORLD ,BUT THIS IS THE REALITY OF OUR SITUATION .AS A AMERICAN TAX PAYER BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT ,AND THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FOR CHARGING WAY TO MUCH FOR THEIR SERVICES.. SHAMEFUL ,PAINFULLY SHAMEFUL.

  49. It does not matter where you get surgery done, this happens and everywhere. My mom got surgery done in Mexico and everything came out fine.

  50. Should have done research, there are great doctors in Mexico but y'all probably went for cheapest and cheapest isn't best, you really get what u pay for!

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