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Colin Hendry's wife passes away


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6:39pm UK, Friday July 10, 2009


A footballer's wife who never fully recovered after undergoing botched cosmetic surgery in 2002 has died.


Denise Hendry, the spouse of former Scotland captain Colin Hendry, had been in intensive care at Salford Royal Hospital for the last 12 weeks.


The 43-year-old contracted a serious infection following an operation to correct a disastrous liposuction procedure done seven years ago.


Hendry, 43, the ex-Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Rangers central defender, has been at her bedside throughout the ordeal.


"Words cannot describe the desolation we feel," he said.


"Denise was the shining light in our lives and today that light has gone out.


"She had battled bravely after her liposuction procedure had gone appallingly wrong.


"Further corrective surgery in Preston Infirmary had not been successful and we were hopeful the operation she went in to Salford Royal for would be a success.



It's easy to look back now and say how we wish she hadn't gone to Aniansson, but she did and we're having to live with the awful consequences of that man's negligence.



"Tragically she caught an infection which despite further surgery she has succumbed to.


"I cannot begin to imagine life without her, but we are a strong and devoted family and somehow, if only for Denise's sake, we will get through."


His wife almost died seven years ago and suffered multiple complications after the cosmetic procedure at a private hospital went badly wrong.


The Hendrys, who had been together for more than 20 years, have four children - Rheagan, Kyle, Calum and Niamh, aged between 19 and nine.


Denise had wanted to regain her figure after the birth of her youngest child but fell ill just two days after cosmetic surgery and required treatment for septicaemia at the Royal Preston Hospital.


Her heart also stopped for four minutes as she suffered a cardiac arrest following the botched operation.



She suffered nine punctures to her bowel and colon, causing blood poisoning and multiple organ failure, and needed a 16-hour operation in May as part of the long recovery process.


However, it is understood she suffered a meningitis-type infection as a result of the latest operation and was in intensive care at Salford Royal Hospital.


Specialist, Professor Gordon Carlson, was treating her in the unit of the National Intestinal Failure Centre based at the hospital.


Swedish cosmetic surgeon Gustav Aniansson carried out the liposuction at the private Broughton Park Hospital in Preston, Lancashire, in April 2002.


Lawyers later secured a six-figure damages settlement in November 2006, while Dr Aniansson voluntarily applied to be removed from the General Medical Council's register.


Hendry said in May: "It's easy to look back now and say how we wish she hadn't gone to Aniansson, but she did and we're having to live with the awful consequences of that man's negligence."


Further corrective surgery at Preston Royal Infirmary was not successful and his wife had to have treatment at Salford Royal.

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