Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ha! Woman suffers collapsed lung and fluid in brain after her breast implants explodes

An Irish woman "whose boobs exploded" has shared details of her shocking near-death experience.

Aisling O’Leary, from Ireland, underwent boob implant surgery in 2008 when she was 19 and had no problems for the first three years until one day she left a "stabbing" pain in her chest.

In the days that followed Aisling said her body began attacking itself and she suffered from a collapsed lung and fluid on my brain and heart.

After multiple visits to the hospital, doctors later discovered her PIP implants had ruptured, but it wasn't before she had already developed a catalogue of serious health problems.


The implants were manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) and in 2010 it emerged they had been made with substandard, industrial-grade silicone.

German safety body TUV Rheinland was found liable for the global PIP implant scandal in 2017 and ordered to make payouts to victims by a French court.

Around 300,000 women were affected worldwide, including Aisling.

She is now issuing a stark warning to others over the risks associated with implant surgery.

She told The Irish Mirror : “It gave me massive confidence, I was delighted with life until 2011.

“Then I began experiencing some issues. I was in a lot of pain, had a stabbing in my right breast, heart palpitations, breathlessness, chest pain and headaches.”

Despite visiting her GP, Aisling claims she was told the pain was down to a virus and was sent anyway with anti-inflammatory medication.

It took three hospital admissions before doctors discovered her ruptured breast implant had burst, causing her to develop an autoimmune condition called CREST syndrome.

She told Neil Prendeville on Cork’s RedFM: “I also had a collapsed lung, fluid on my brain and heart.

“My body was attacking itself and shutting down, essentially I was dying.”

It was only later she found out the original implants were made by a company called Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) and contained industrial-grade silicone similar to that used in mattresses.

Aisling said: “I did my research, I put my trust in the surgeon and clinic.

“I just assumed I would be looked after.

“Since then this company I got the procedure done in has gone into liquidation.”

Even after her implants were replaced, Aisling continued to have chest pain and headaches.

She added: “After many GP visits I was seen in hospital.

“In October 2019, a rupture in both implants was verified, along with being informed of the link with a lymphoma breast implant-related cancer called BIA-ALCL.

“I would never have known this only my implants ruptured. The whole thing’s been a nightmare.”

Aisling said she wanted to raise awareness for other women who have had the procedure done and are unaware of the risks.

She said: “This is my main priority.

“Some women know, some don’t. Scare-mongering isn’t what I’m trying to do as it is a very small risk, I just want to create awareness.”



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