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Pictured: British beautician, 30, whose death following botched £6,000 boob job in Majorca is now at the centre of police investigation

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This is the British woman whose death following a botched £6,000 ‘boob job’ in Majorca is now at the centre of an international police investigation.

Donna Butterfield, 30, from Wrexham, Clwyd, was a successful beauty entrepreneur with her own hair extension business which she operated under the name ‘Donna Bee’ and ‘BeeWeavible’.

A family source told MailOnline she had undergone a breast enlargement operation by the same surgeon in Majorca several years ago, but wanted to have a slight imbalance corrected.

But it is understood that pre-op consultations were largely conducted by email and when the procedure went wrong on the operating table last September, the surgeon had no next-of-kin details for her, and instead contacted a friend of her using an Instagram message.

Donna, who had a pre-existing heart condition, suffered a heart attack, possibly as a reaction to the anaesthetic and went into a cardiac arrest, and died two weeks later.

Donna Butterfield, 30, from Wrexham, Clwyd, was a successful beauty entrepreneur with her own hair extension business

Donna Butterfield, 30, from Wrexham, Clwyd, was a successful beauty entrepreneur with her own hair extension business

A family source told MailOnline she had undergone a breast enlargement operation by the same surgeon in Majorca several years ago, but wanted to have a slight imbalance corrected

A family source told MailOnline she had undergone a breast enlargement operation by the same surgeon in Majorca several years ago, but wanted to have a slight imbalance corrected

It has now emerged that Mateo Verd Vallespir (pictured), an anaesthetist arrested over her death is currently serving prison time for the manslaughter of another patient

It has now emerged that Mateo Verd Vallespir (pictured), an anaesthetist arrested over her death is currently serving prison time for the manslaughter of another patient

Friends of Donna’s were given a garbled, conflicting account accompanied by ‘lots of hand gestures’ of what went wrong by the ‘extremely nervous’ surgeon when they attended the Clinica Luz in Palma.

But it is understood that paramedics called to the clinic were horrified by what they found and that CPR had not been properly undertaken and reported the incident to police.

Doctors at Son Espases Hospital in Palma put Donna into an induced coma after she suffered catastrophic brain damage, but she never recovered.

Her brother Darren, and later her mother and step-father, all flew to Majorca to keep a vigil by her bedside, praying for her recovery.

Darren and friends back home set up a crowd-funding appeal, which raised £26,000 for her repatriation, but in vain.

They wrote on the Gofundme page: ‘Our beautiful Donna Bee is in severe condition and is fighting for her life, It’s really hard for us to go into details fully because a lot has happened and it will all go under investigation.

‘She went into surgery and had a heart attack during and then reaction from the anaesthetic and went into a cardiac arrest followed by a coma and she’s now in an induced coma on life support.

‘She’s had a CT scan and has severe brain damage. She is slowly now being taken off the medication to see if she can cope alone.

‘Either way the outcome we need to get our baby girl home, she is in the hospital in Palma, Mallorca.

‘Her family are now over there by her side, as close friends to Donna we want to do everything we can to help her and her family in any way possible in these extremely difficult times.’

Following Donna’s death, her sister Jenna Bagnall posted on Facebook: ‘Thank you to everyone who has taken part or is even still taking part in the funds raised to bring Donna home and ease the financial situations facing Donna’s family and giving her best funeral we possible could. 

‘Because of everyone’s efforts Donna is now back home in Wrexham where she belongs. None of this would of been possible without you.

‘The pain we are all going through especially her family has been eased and could not be more thankful to every donation, share and message received during these last few weeks.’

The news came as it emerged that an anaesthetist arrested over the death is currently serving prison time for the manslaughter of another patient.

Mateo Verd Vallespir, 69, was read his rights after being hauled out of jail and accused of gross negligence manslaughter in the new case of alleged malpractice.

Doctors at Son Espases Hospital in Palma put Donna into an induced coma after she suffered catastrophic brain damage, but she never recovered

Doctors at Son Espases Hospital in Palma put Donna into an induced coma after she suffered catastrophic brain damage, but she never recovered

Her family were told about her medical emergency though an Instagram message

Her family were told about her medical emergency though an Instagram message

Today, as martial arts expert Verd Vallespir was pictured for the first time, details of the criminal past he hid from his tragic patient emerged as police confirmed he had flouted a medical ban linked to previous offences to continue operating before being ordered to start serving his prison terms.

In June last year he was handed a one-year jail sentence and given a three-year striking-off order prohibiting him from working as a health practitioner or running medical clinics.

Verd Vallespir, who taught Aikido before being incarcerated, learnt his fate after being convicted of manslaughter following the March 7 2017 death of 45-year-old Fatima Cherkaoui a day after a liposuction.

He was the anaesthetist during the op at another medical centre he ran in Palma before he took over the management of a clinic called Clinica Luz in the Majorcan capital where the British woman had her cosmetic surgery.

The surgeon who operated on Fatima was also convicted of manslaughter and given a one year jail sentence.

Judges concluded their medical negligence led to the victim’s cardiac arrest and haemorrhaging.

Verd Vallespir had already been sentenced to two and a half years in prison at the end of 2021 for getting unqualified staff at the clinic where Fatima’s fatal operation took place to perform nursing duties.

Local reports overnight said cleaners at his clinic were asked to take blood from patients.

He wasn’t ordered to start serving his jail terms immediately as is often the case in countries like Spain where convicted criminals are often spared automatic incarceration pending possible appeals.

Police in Majorca accused him yesterday when they revealed he had been arrested again of taking advantage of the delay in the execution of his prison sentences to take part in the British woman’s surgery.

Verd Vallespir was described as the director of Clinica Luz as well as its anaesthetist shortly before the operation. 

A second man described by investigators as a ‘helper’ is also being investigated for alleged manslaughter, although he hasn’t been formally arrested.

The surgeon who performed the op cannot be prosecuted because he died of illness late last year.

Confirming the arrest a spokesman for the National Police in Majorca said yesterday: ‘National Police officers have arrested a 69-year-old man responsible for managing a clinic in Palma where he also worked as a practitioner, for crimes of gross negligence manslaughter and breaching a medical ban following the death of a patient.

‘A young woman of British origin underwent cosmetic surgery at a clinic in Palma.

‘During the operation and for reasons which are still being investigated, the victim went into cardiac arrest and had to be transferred urgently to Son Espases University Hospital.

Her family has so far raised £26,000 to repatriate her body

Her family has so far raised £26,000 to repatriate her body 

Donna suffered a pre-existing heart condition

Donna suffered a pre-existing heart condition

‘After being admitted to intensive care for almost two weeks, she died on September 13 last year as a result of the serious injuries she suffered during her cardiac arrest.’

Saying the family had lodged a complaint for mala praxis against the health professionals involved, the National Police in Majorca added in a statement: ‘Our homicide unit began an investigation and after gathering together all the documentation related to the medical intervention and taking statements from health professionals, arrested the director of the clinic who was also a medical practitioner.

‘Investigators have accused one of the other two health professionals who participated in the surgery of the same type of manslaughter crime as the clinic director.

‘The other man cannot be accused of any crime due to his sudden death two months after the surgery.’

The force said it had detected several irregularities during its investigation, adding: ‘One involved the victim asking the health professionals to practice a second cosmetic procedure as she went into the operating theatre, something they agreed to perform without the patient having been properly informed of the risks.

‘It was when they were preparing to perform that second surgery that the victim went into cardiac arrest.

‘Another irregularity detected was that the patient signed consent forms for the scheduled surgery the morning the surgery took place and they were written in Spanish when the British woman according to her family didn’t know how to read Spanish.’

Confirming the arrest occurred after the suspect was hauled out of prison, the National Police spokesman said: ‘The practitioner who was arrested was in prison for another issue related to the exercising of his profession.

Verd Vallespir is known for his love of martial arts

Verd Vallespir is known for his love of martial arts

Donna died at just 30-years-old

Donna died at just 30-years-old 

‘Officers had to ask for his release from prison so he could be informed of this new charge before he was returned to jail afterwards.

‘He had been disqualified from practicing medicine and holding positions of responsibility in health centres and despite that ignored the ban to take part in the surgery the dead woman underwent.’

The surgeon who died was described as a ‘foreign’ man who flew to Majorca where he had ‘worked for decades’ to perform the surgery but his nationality was never made public.

Clinica Luz in Palma remains open. A receptionist who answered the phone yesterday afternoon declined to comment. 

There is no suggestion any of the current managers of the clinic have been involved in any alleged wrongdoing over the death of the British patient.

The clinic boasts on its website: ‘At Clinica Luz we are differentiated by medical care that is very focused on each patient, with the warmth and comfort of doing it in an ideal environment.

‘Our clinic in Palma is next to the castle and natural park of Bellver, an environment of peace and energy, with a panoramic view of the Bay of Palma, Cathedral and Castle.

‘Clínica Luz has a high level medical team to give you a quick and effective medical response. In addition to all the value provided by our specialists, we have the great advantage of having our own laboratory and specialists in Pathological Anatomy, which speeds up and facilitates the performance of the tests requested by the specialists.

‘We treat very different patients, but with all of them we put into practice our maxim: to achieve a perfect harmony with them.’



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