A RUSSIAN mum who has accused doctors of stealing her dead teen daughter’s womb has angrily confronted staff at a Turkish hospital.
Video footage shows the dramatic moment that Tatiana Lanshakova demanded to know why her daughter’s uterus was allegedly taken after she died while holidaying in the Antalya province.
Police detained an emotional Tatiana after she arrived at Yaşam Hastanesi (hospital) and confronted staff, asking why the womb was missing – and seeking details of her treatment.
Schoolgirl Sofiya Lanshakova, 16, had been taken to Yaşam while suffering excruciating abdominal pain, but died at the hospital eight hours later.
Her father, Vyacheslav Lanshakov, 38, claimed Russian investigators had “recorded the absence of some organs, including the uterus”, citing forensics tests conducted after Sofiya’s body was returned to her home country.
Russian doctors said their examination showed she had died from peritonitis, a condition involving the inflammation of the abdominal wall, that had not been mentioned by Turkish medics.
Her parents fear some of Sofiya’s organs were removed illegally, and have publicly questioned whether her missing body parts were sold on the black market.
They also claim that the teen’s death was suspicious, and are ready to exhume her body for new checks as part of an ongoing Russian criminal investigation.
We did not take any organs. It was (done by) police at the autopsy.
Yaşam Hastanesi representative
Tatiana arrived at the hospital with a journalist from major Kremlin-owned TV station Channel One.
A hospital representative told them: “We did not take any organs. It was (done by) police at the autopsy.”
Channel One alleged that mobile phones being used by the bereaved mum and the reporter to video the confrontation were then knocked out of their hands, to make them stop filming the encounter.
Cops were called to the scene, and Tatiana was detained for 12 hours.
She said later: “The police took us away and and we were not given any documents [about my daughter’s treatment].”
Tatiana added: “I could never think that I would stand at my daughter’s grave. She had so many plans.”
She and her husband are considering exhuming her body, as “we need the truth”.
The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Alexey Erkhov, said a record 88 Russian tourists had died in Turkey this summer.
In regards to Sofiya’s puzzling case and the organ removal accusation, he said: “This is a serious charge.”
After confirming that the Russian Investigative Committee is probing her death, he said the allegations should be dealt with by law enforcement agencies in both Russia and Turkey.
He said: “We deeply sympathise with the grief of the mother who lost her daughter.
“Russian diplomats will continue to assist in resolving this issue.”
Sofiya had worked as a child model and taken part in teenage beauty pageants in her home city of Krasnoyarsk.
A representative of Siedra clinic – where Sofiya was initially taken – strongly denied any wrongdoing and blamed the mother.
Asya Batcheva said: “I believe that the mother is to blame – she did not sound alarm on the first or second day [when the girl felt abdominal pains].
“What proof do they have that something was done wrong? Or some organs taken?
“Yes, the girl was dissected here [in Turkey], checked and [her body] sent home.
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“If something was missing, any crimes committed against that girl, I think that the criminal case would be initiated.”
However, Sofiya’s family and her boyfriend Semyon Mikhalkin allege it is a “lie” that the girl had been suffering for two days before they took her hospital.
Sofya’s aunt Ekaterina Asner said: “The doctors made the wrong diagnosis from the very beginning.”
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