Dani Gratton, pictured here at just 21 years old, embarked on a risky solo trip to Turkey for a massive 8-hour combination BBL and tummy tuck.
Dani Gratton was just 21 years old when she decided to fly, alone, to Turkey to get the cosmetic surgery she had longed for.
The OnlyFans and Playboy trans model was convinced that a combined BBL, tummy tuck, and jaw liposuction would give her the body she desperately craved.
But he told MailOnline he had no idea what horrors he would witness.
Her “nightmare” experience left her fearing for her life. Seeing open bodies in front of her and the screams of patients begging for her death will haunt her forever.
Dani, now 23, said he acknowledges he was “gambling with his life” by paying just £5,000 in cash for the trio of operations in Istanbul.
Image too gruesome for MailOnline to publish shows Dani holding a blood-filled drainage bag attached to her newly built butt having been left alone in her five-star hotel room post-surgery.
The ordeal didn’t end there, with the grown-up star recalling how, upon returning to the UK, some of her stitches snapped. She even feared her belly button would fall off due to the extent of the resulting infection.
Dani had always wanted to have cosmetic surgery. However, after receiving body shaming abuse following an appearance on an MTV show, the desire for him became an urgent need.
“There were already things that I knew I wanted to fix about my body,” she said.
“But on a scale of thousands of people saying horrible things about me, it made me feel like I really needed to hurry up.
Dani, now 23 and fully recovered, has an OnlyFans account and has been featured in Playboy.
“I thought, ‘I need to meet somewhere now and book it as soon as possible.'”
Since BBLs were not widely offered in the UK at the time, their only option was to go overseas.
She initially considered Miami but was put off by the £13,000 cost for BBL alone.
Dani eventually found a clinic in Turkey that offered all three procedures for what seemed like a bargain, and the sum included a hotel stay, meals, and VIP transportation.
With a quick Instagram message, he contacted a clinic in Istanbul that asked him to send photos of his body and provide details such as his weight and whether he smoked.
Dani was approved for surgery almost instantly and was scheduled for the massive operation just five days after originally contacting the clinic.
Arriving in Turkey the night before her operation, Dani, originally from Uxbridge, north London, was greeted in a ‘flashy’ VIP limousine and whisked to her five-star accommodation.
It was only there, while talking to her parents, that the gravity of what was about to happen finally sank in.
“I called my parents and I was crying my eyes out, I was so scared,” she said.
‘Reality really hit at that point.
“My dad was on the phone ‘Just come home, book a flight and come home.'”
But, with comments from those body-shaming trolls running through her head, she remained determined to see it through.
Another reality check came the same day of the procedure, when Dani was given a ‘literal book’ of forms to sign.
Each page listed a possible side effect or complication you needed to legally accept the risk, and there was a key phrase that appeared on many of them.
“Every complication said, ‘may result in death,’ ‘may result in death,’ and I had to sign them,” he said.
Then came the main event, and Dani was taken to her eight-hour ordeal.
Dani, pictured shortly before her surgery, said she would never forget the “nightmare” scenes she experienced that
Lying on a stretcher, she saw something she said she’ll remember for the rest of her life: half a dozen rooms, each one filled with a woman being opened for some sort of enhancement or augmentation.
“There were no curtains or blinds or anything,” he said.
“I saw people in the middle of the operation on the table and open.
‘They were opening this woman’s breasts to push the breast implants in.
‘It felt iffy… and I just focused on myself and hoped I’d survived this.
“I really thought I was going to die.”
They put her under anesthesia and she woke up in the waiting room, freezing from being naked for so long in the OR, with two other women she had met earlier when they picked her up at the clinic.
While one was unconscious, the other was wide awake and in such pain that he was screaming and even begging for death.
Dani recalled: ‘She screamed ‘I’m in pain, I want to die, I want to die.’
I would not see her again.
The experience was so terrifying that Dani initially suspected it had all been a nightmare, but the nurse caring for her confirmed it was real.
After the surgery, Dani stayed a few nights in the hospital, but said she felt rushed to leave the clinic.
“I really wanted to spend more time in the hospital, but they told me it would cost more,” he said.
Returning to her hotel alone and, in her own words, ‘left to her own devices’, she remembers being afraid of what might happen to all the wires attached to her body, in particular, a drainage bag lodged between her buttocks. new BBL.
“It was horrible,” he said.
‘I didn’t want to be left alone with this thing on my body.’
While the clinic sent nurses to check on her, they were only on call from 9 am to 5 pm, otherwise she was on her own.
She recalled how she dropped her painkillers one night and, being physically unable to pick them up, was forced to spend the night in restless agony until help arrived in the morning.
Dani had already been recovering for five days, but her stay at the hotel, included as part of her package, had come to an end.
“I wasn’t ready to go home,” she said.
She described the experience as being at a revolving door, with her recovery following the clinic’s schedule, not her own.
“It’s crazy how nimble everything is,” he said.
‘You don’t have a minute to catch your breath, it’s gone so fast.’
The flight went smoothly and she returned home to the care of her parents.
But his problems did not end there.
Like many others who returned from Turkey, he experienced post-operative problems that required medical attention.
A stitch, located in his right hip, ruptured and leaked fluid and even to this day he has a small depression in that area compared to his left side.
Her belly button also started to turn green and ‘dirt’ and at one point she feared it might even fall off.
Fortunately, she is now fully recovered, belly button and all, with no ongoing health issues.
The ordeal hasn’t deterred her from undergoing cosmetic surgery for breast augmentation in the UK, an experience she noted as markedly different.
“I had breast augmentation in the UK, and it was completely different, I was in my own separate room and the windows were covered and I was comfortable,” she said.
Dani said she will never forget her experience and urged anyone thinking of following in her footsteps not to do what she did and travel alone.
She also urged people to keep in mind that the images they see on social media of cosmetic surgery success only show the end product, not the ordeal and risk of getting it.
“It’s so easy to see those photos on social media of women posting after they’ve had surgery and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to look like this,’ … not knowing about the process,” she said.