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Woman almost dies after buying products online to lose weight for her wedding

The young mother wanted to improve the appearance of her body, so she decided to use a slimming product advertised on the internet.

Doctors told her she could have died (image used for illustrative purpose) [CR/Getty Images]

Shannon Flannery bought 10 shots on Instagram. The seller advertised that the products were a "celebrity secret" that would allow buyers to quickly lose weight and achieve their dream figure.

After one injection in her stomach she felt strange, but after the next one she started vomiting and blood appeared in her urine. The doctor at the hospital said the next injection could prove fatal.

Shannon Flannery's story is heartbreaking. The young mother wanted to improve the appearance of her body, so she decided to use a slimming product advertised on the internet. She bought a series of appetite suppressant shots recommended by a reputable seller on Instagram.

The injections were supposed to contain a substance used to treat diabetes, so Shannon didn't think anything bad would happen to her after using the product. She was getting married soon, so she decided to undergo a series of injections to lose a few kilogrammes before the wedding.

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On February 14, Shannon injected a substance she bought on Instagram into her stomach. On the same day, her condition worsened significantly, but she thought it was a temporary reaction of the body. She soon gave another injection, after which she started vomiting and blood appeared in her urine.

"I was vomiting for four days. I was also urinating with blood all the time. At the end of the week, my mother told me, 'You have to go to the hospital.' At that time, I wasn't 100% sure it was because of the injection," Tyla website quotes her as saying.

The woman had difficulty reaching the hospital. She was admitted to a ward at Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent, where doctors told her that another injection could prove fatal. She was dehydrated and was given the strongest anti-nausea medications, but they didn't work.

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After being admitted to hospital, Shannon contacted the seller on social media to demand a refund, but her claims were rejected. The seller defended the substance being sold, explaining that hundreds of other customers were very satisfied with the product's performance. The woman reported the injections to the police.

"I feel happy to be alive. My children could have lost their mother. I will never do something like that again. I would say to women who are thinking about it: lose weight the right way: through exercise and healthy eating. Don't take the easy way," she admitted.

The case is under investigation. A Kent Police spokesman said, "On March 1, 2024, Kent Police received a report of an alleged fraud involving the online sale of a weight loss product. As the seller's address was unknown, the incident was referred to Action Fraud for further investigation."

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