Leah Suchecki’s story appears in THE SUN newspaper…
I thought my boob was going to pop – mum’s horror as boob implant swells ten times normal size.
Giant breast almost killed mum of three.
After having a boob job seven years ago mum of three Leah Suchecki, 35, was delighted. She’d always been an A cup and now she was a C.
But a few weeks ago Leah’s right breast began to swell… and swell.
Worried sick, Leah visited her GP who thought she must have a common breast infection known as mastitis and gave her antibiotics. But nothing worked. Instead her breast continued to grow.
Leah was terrified she had breast cancer.
Eventually, after a two week period when her boob continued to grow – and following more visits to doctors and hospital – a scan finally revealed Leah had a faulty PIP implant that was leaking. PIP implants have been implicated in a cosmetic industry scandal because they were made of low grade silicone that was meant for mattresses and many have leaked, sparking health concerns.
Leah had no idea her breasts, which she had enlarged seven years ago, were made from faulty PIP implants as she’d never had any problems before.
The fluid had then set up an inflammatory reaction in Leah’s breast, causing her breast to swell alarmingly.
Worst, by the time she saw the consultant at a specialist breast clinic, she was minutes away from death. The fluid had turned poisonous and if any of it got into Leah’s bloodstream she could develop septicemia and die. She was rushed into surgery where the implant was removed.
Leah, who works in retail, is married and her husband works as a gas engineer. They have three children aged 13, six and 20 months.
She is horrified by her experience and although experts claim the implants are not toxic, hugely worried for her future health.
Her story goes to show that many women might not realise they too have these faulty PIP implant. Indeed it is estimated only 25% of them have burst. Claims are currently going through the courts worldwide and the businessmen who ran the now bankrupt PIP company that supplied the implants, are set to appear in court charged with fraud.
Fortunately the Welsh Government where Leah lives will remove and replace faulty PIP implants if there is a clinical need. In the UK implants are only removed under the NHS if they were put in by the NHS – otherwise women must consult their original clinic.
The Sun newspaper has constantly campaigned for tighter regulation over cosmetic surgery.
Leah wanted to get her story out there to warn other women who might not realise they have these implants to check their breasts out.
We have already placed Leah’s story with a leading women’s magazine.
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