An Oldham woman died after travelling to Turkey for a medical operation, an inquest has heard.

At Rochdale Coroners Court today (July 18), an inquest was opened into the death of Leanne Michelle Leary, who died in the Gebze area of Turkey on July 2, by assistant coroner for Greater Manchester North, Michael Salt.

The 38-year-old mother-of-three, who was a compliance manager, had flown to Turkey on June 30 to have a gastric sleeve operation, police coroners officer Emma Campbell told the court.

The next day, on July 1, Leanne went into hospital for the surgery to take place.

After the procedure was finished, Leanne's family were told that she had suffered a heart attack, but she was resuscitated and was taken into the intensive care unit.

However, on July 2, Leanne suffered another heart attack and died.

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PCO Campbell told the court that Leanne, who lived on Barmouth Walk, Hollinwood, was identified at a Co-op Funeralcare in Oldham.

Mr Salt did not set a date for the full inquest into Leanne's death, saying it would be announced in due course.

In the wake of Leanne's death, a GoFundMe page has been set up, which is looking to raise funds to cover the costs of her funeral and to help her children.

On the fundraising page, it reads: "Leanne Michelle was the most caring and compassionate person you would ever wish to meet and she left us in tragic circumstances on July 2nd 2023 when she was only 38 years old.

"Leanne had a [sic] open heart, open arms and ears and listened and supported anyone who needed to be heard. Leanne was loyal, hardworking and the most loving person you could ever wish to meet and her friends and family would echo that sentiment."

As of now, the GoFundMe effort has raised more than £15,000.