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Mother woke up screaming in pain and covered in blood after a ‘botched’ BSlice Dot Com tummy tuck

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When her two children were getting a haircut at a barbershop in a shopping center, a young mother’s complaint about the size of her belly caught the attention of Brendan Leigh Russell.

The store’s body modifier, known as BSlice Dot Com, reportedly offered to help with a “tummy tuck.”

“Brendan said he’d done that before… (he) pretty much said it was a pretty easy procedure,” the mother told the Sydney court.

But the supposedly unqualified Russell is now accused of leaving the woman bleeding profusely, writhing in “extreme pain” and requiring significant medical intervention to correct his work.

The 40-year-old has pleaded not guilty to intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm in the back of his Transition store in Erina Fair Shopping Center in November 2016.

He also denied charges of manslaughter and female genital mutilation related to two other women he operated on in 2015 and 2017.

Brendan Leigh Russell, 40, pleaded not guilty to intentionally causing grievous bodily harm at the back of his Transition store at Erina Fair Shopping Center in November 2016

Judge Helen Syme, who is hearing the trial without a jury, has withheld the identities of all three complainants.

The judge was told Monday that the tummy tuck had been performed under local anesthetic for $800.

The woman admits she knew he was not a trained plastic surgeon or doctor, but denies that he warned her about various risks before operating on her.

“Whatever he said then, he was so confident and very convincing and I felt like I was in good hands and I felt like he knew what he was doing,” the woman said.

The proceedings stemmed from a comment in mid-2016 in which the woman complained about the size of her abdomen when her children’s hair was cut at Russell’s shop.

When Russell said he could help, she invoked her desire for an “Elle Macpherson belly” and asked, “Is this what I’m going to look like?” The court announced this on Tuesday.

The proceedings stemmed from a comment in mid-2016 in which the woman complained about the size of her abdomen when her children’s hair was cut at Russell’s shop.

When Russell said he could help, she invoked her desire for an “Elle Macpherson belly” and asked, “Is this what I’m going to look like?” The court announced this on Tuesday.

Police allege that Russell implanted the snowflake under another woman's right hand in early 2017, but when she complained that she was in pain, the body modifier allegedly urged her to visit him and not go to the hospital.  She later died and he is charged with her manslaughter (stock image)

Police allege that Russell implanted the snowflake under another woman’s right hand in early 2017, but when she complained that she was in pain, the body modifier allegedly urged her to visit him and not go to the hospital. She later died and he is charged with her manslaughter (stock image)

The woman, who stumbled around Erina Fair with her sister in the days leading up to Christmas 2016, said Russell came up to her and spoke to her.

“Brendan said, ‘Look at the way you walk, it looks like you’ve been screwed in the ass,’ said the woman.

During a cross-examination on Tuesday, the woman denied that the body modifier had actually opened with “how are you?”

“I suggest you say to him, ‘I’m fine, just a little sore and tired,’ and that was the extent of it,” lawyer Michal Mantaj said.

“No,” the woman said, saying that in addition to the “f**ked up the ass” line, he also mentioned that he was looking for presents, that he couldn’t handle the crowd and that he wanted to get out of there. .

She said Russell allayed her fear of staying awake during the procedure, boasted of his “pretty…good reputation” and how one surgeon had commented that his application of local anesthetic was “amazing.”

The body modifier was wearing gloves but not a surgical mask or gown before cutting into the woman’s abdomen, removing a strip of skin about 8 inches (20 cm) and stitching the wound.

Are aftercare instructions? Rest, take Advill (ibuprofen) and come back in about a week to have the stitches removed, the woman said.

Brendan Leigh Russell (pictured out of court in May) has also denied the charges of manslaughter and female genital mutilation related to two other women he operated on in 2015 and 2017.

Brendan Leigh Russell (pictured out of court in May) has also denied the charges of manslaughter and female genital mutilation related to two other women he operated on in 2015 and 2017.

At home on the couch, she took Nurofen – another brand of ibuprofen – and some diazepam and tried to sleep.

“I just woke up in extreme pain… (my husband) looked at my nightgown and there was fresh blood everywhere, the lounge was covered in blood,” she told the court.

She later tripped and fell to the ground, causing her and her husband to panic.

“He called Brendan. All I remember is that (my husband) said there was blood everywhere,” she said.

Russell is said to have advised through her husband to stop Nurofen treatment, start Advill and remove the compression bandage.

“It just kept bleeding from the wound, my bandage was full of blood,” she said.

At a follow-up appointment, Russell removed some stitches, applied steri-strips and attributed the heavy bleeding to “the way your body heals.”

On the advice of friends and a GP, the woman reluctantly went to Gosford Hospital, where she underwent surgery and stayed for two nights.

Further corrective surgery resolved her pain and mobility issues but left a long, thin scar stretching from hip to hip, the court was told.

The woman denied Russell said “of course I care” when he visited her at home after her hospital surgery or if he offered to reimburse her for the $800 cost of the procedure.

“No…he suggested that he could have solved the problem for me and that I didn’t have to go to the hospital,” the woman said.

“That (refund) was my husband and I – we decided we wanted a full refund for what I had experienced.”

The court was told that during a consultation prior to the procedure, the woman was told ‘nothing’ about the possibility of wound bleeding or the risks of internal bleeding or infection.

“There was never any talk of internal bleeding,” she said.

The woman denied suggestions that the body modifier had described the tummy tuck as a “major procedure” or that his lack of a mask during the procedure was because she said it was “intimidating.”

“That’s not what happened,” the woman replied.

She also denied telling Russell in the days following the procedure, “It really hurts me that I did something stupid. I tried to do some work.”

Despite the issues, the woman refused to give Russell’s name until she saw media reports in 2018 that he had been accused of mutilating a customer’s genitals with a branding iron.

“She was destroyed on social media and I felt sorry for her,” the mother said.

“I felt like if someone else came forward too, maybe people would realize these things are happening.”

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