Blaina woman tells of ruptured breast implant misery

BREAST IMPLANTS: Kim Brockhurst

MISERY: Kim Brockhurst in hospital

First published in News

A GWENT woman spoke of the misery she says was caused by her breast implants rupturing.

Fitness instructor Kim Brockhurst, 51, of Railway Terrace, Blaina, had Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) breast implants in 2004 with a cosmetic surgery group in London at a cost of £3,800 but within the year she felt that something wasn't quite right.

She said: "I went from a 32 AA to a 34DD, I had only wanted a D cup but the surgeon felt that there was too much skin. Within a year of the surgery the skin on my left breast was rippled and went quite a funny shape.

"The surgeon said the difference in shape could be caused by weight loss.

"I was told initially before the surgery to have silicone instead of saline as it would be much safer, as saline is more likely to leak into your body."

Mrs Brockhurst went to her local GP two years ago as lumps had formed on her nipple.

She said: "I didn't know my implants were from the French company until I wrote to the surgery where I received them.

"I then had an NHS scan which showed more lumps and confirmed that my left breast had ruptured. My left nipple had dropped down about two inches, bras were a nightmare. It was quite noticeable as I am a leisure instructor wearing sports bras and teaching all day."

She is now suing TUV Rheinland, a German statutory body which awarded EU safety certificates to Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) the French implant manufacturer whose silicone implants were banned in 2010 after they were found to contain industrial grade silicone. Around 300,000 women in 65 countries are believed to have received PIP implants.

The NHS will remove implants but will not reconstruct them.

The Fitsteps instructor appeared on Channel 5's Botched Bodies in July 2013 who paid for her to have her implants removed eight years after her left breast had ruptured.

She said: "I had the implants as an ego boost after my divorce. The surgeon offered to put bigger ones in after the rupture at a cost of £3,600 but I didn't like the thought of having to have another surgery in 10 years' time.

"It has left a scar on my left boob which is quite a deep scar. I now have three small lumps on my left breast which are silicone lumps."

She added: "It did knock my confidence. Going through something like this changes the way you think about how you should look, it's more important on the way you feel. I would absolutely try and put anyone off who is thinking of having surgery, don't do it. There are other ways to feel good without surgery.

"I think there is an added pressure on those in the fitness industry to look healthy and fit. I know a lot of instructors who have had Botox and implants."

The Argus contacted TUV Rheinland for comment yesterday, but did not received a response.

However, last year, TUV Rheinland won two court cases in connection with the PIP case: In April, The District Court Nuremberg-Fürth rejected a woman's claim for damages against the body. The grounds of the District Court Nuremberg-Fürth decision stated that the notified body was neither obliged to investigate specific implants nor to carry out unannounced inspections on site. Such duties – stated the court – do not follow from the statutory regulations.

And in March the District Court Frankenthal decided in another case that the notified body of TUV Rheinland "was obligated neither to carry out unannounced inspections nor to test the specific products".

Then TUV Rheinland issued a statement in April which said: "The court's verdict confirms that TUV Rheinland performed its duties as a notified body responsibly and in compliance with all applicable laws and standards."

In 2013, the UK government has accepted the majority of the recommendations of a review carried out by Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS medical director, following the disclosure that the French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) had been manufacturing implants using industrial grade silicone.

Almost 50,000 women in the UK were affected after it came to light two years ago when doctors found unexpectedly high numbers of women were suffering from ruptured implants.

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5:44pm Wed 18 Jun 14

k12345 says...

Why is this story being told again? Dragging up old news!!
Why is this story being told again? Dragging up old news!! k12345
  • Score: 14

5:44pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Woodgnome says...

Wise words Kim -" if you are thinking of having surgery don't do it".

The stupid celeb culture that young women aspire to has a lot to answer for..
Wise words Kim -" if you are thinking of having surgery don't do it". The stupid celeb culture that young women aspire to has a lot to answer for.. Woodgnome
  • Score: 14

7:15pm Wed 18 Jun 14

golfer says...

The moral is don't get it done ..self inflicted pain and sorrow ..nature is as nature does ..no pity here
The moral is don't get it done ..self inflicted pain and sorrow ..nature is as nature does ..no pity here golfer
  • Score: 18

8:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

kez1968 says...

The price of vanity! I hope when she gets her compo from the Germans company, she will pay back the nhs the money it cost them to remove hers and perhaps use the the money on a more worthwhile case.
The price of vanity! I hope when she gets her compo from the Germans company, she will pay back the nhs the money it cost them to remove hers and perhaps use the the money on a more worthwhile case. kez1968
  • Score: 23

8:37pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Robodad says...

"I think there is an added pressure on those in the fitness industry to look healthy and fit"

Well having disproportionately large breasts didn't do it that her did it. The healthiest and best look (in my opinion and probably from most men's opinion) is the natural look. This body image industry seems to be a female vanity based multi million pound business.
"I think there is an added pressure on those in the fitness industry to look healthy and fit" Well having disproportionately large breasts didn't do it that her did it. The healthiest and best look (in my opinion and probably from most men's opinion) is the natural look. This body image industry seems to be a female vanity based multi million pound business. Robodad
  • Score: 14

8:41pm Wed 18 Jun 14

westender says...

If I were her I would sue the person who forced her to undergo this surgical procedure against her will !!!
Whoops , sorry it was cosmetic surgery
If I were her I would sue the person who forced her to undergo this surgical procedure against her will !!! Whoops , sorry it was cosmetic surgery westender
  • Score: 10

9:32pm Wed 18 Jun 14

throwy1 says...

I imagine the majority of men look at a woman's face first and then her breasts or perhaps vice versa and then they decide whether they are physically attracted to her or not.
In a sense, unfortunately, women's breasts are the one physical attribute they cannot easily conceal. On the other hand a man, boy, male cannot hide his attribute, manhood, penis unless of course he decides to wear lycra to put his "lunchbox" (sorry Linford) on display.

Who cares if a woman has 32A breasts or 40FF breasts? Apologies for this but I hope you all respectfully see the analogy. Who cares if a man have a 5" long penis which is 1" in circumference.or an 11" penis 2.5" in circumference
I imagine the majority of men look at a woman's face first and then her breasts or perhaps vice versa and then they decide whether they are physically attracted to her or not. In a sense, unfortunately, women's breasts are the one physical attribute they cannot easily conceal. On the other hand a man, boy, male cannot hide his attribute, manhood, penis unless of course he decides to wear lycra to put his "lunchbox" (sorry Linford) on display. Who cares if a woman has 32A breasts or 40FF breasts? Apologies for this but I hope you all respectfully see the analogy. Who cares if a man have a 5" long penis which is 1" in circumference.or an 11" penis 2.5" in circumference throwy1
  • Score: 6

11:25pm Wed 18 Jun 14

gingertom says...

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
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https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1019 gingertom
  • Score: -1

11:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

gingertom says...

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1019
https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1019 gingertom
  • Score: -1

9:12am Thu 19 Jun 14

exMark says...

I think this article works better with some sad violin music being played in the background.
I think this article works better with some sad violin music being played in the background. exMark
  • Score: 5

9:44am Thu 19 Jun 14

k12345 says...

kez1968 wrote:
The price of vanity! I hope when she gets her compo from the Germans company, she will pay back the nhs the money it cost them to remove hers and perhaps use the the money on a more worthwhile case.
I totally agree with this! As the news reports regularly, there are genuinely ill people being refused treatment due to funding!! This surgery was for vanity and judging by the above photo, this lady seems to love attention, hence why this Story is being dragged up again! I hope she had a conscience and pays the nhs back for surgery that was not needed, a confidence boost.... Ha
[quote][p][bold]kez1968[/bold] wrote: The price of vanity! I hope when she gets her compo from the Germans company, she will pay back the nhs the money it cost them to remove hers and perhaps use the the money on a more worthwhile case.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with this! As the news reports regularly, there are genuinely ill people being refused treatment due to funding!! This surgery was for vanity and judging by the above photo, this lady seems to love attention, hence why this Story is being dragged up again! I hope she had a conscience and pays the nhs back for surgery that was not needed, a confidence boost.... Ha k12345
  • Score: 12

4:11pm Thu 19 Jun 14

-trigg- says...

Aside from your views on plastic surgery and breast enlargements, the bottom line is that this woman paid to undergo a medical procedure which it later transpired was conducted using inferior materials.

If you had paid to have a marble fireplace installed in your home and later discovered it to be painted concrete, you would feel justified in suing the supplier. In essence this is not different, except the material was installed in her body rather than in her home.
Aside from your views on plastic surgery and breast enlargements, the bottom line is that this woman paid to undergo a medical procedure which it later transpired was conducted using inferior materials. If you had paid to have a marble fireplace installed in your home and later discovered it to be painted concrete, you would feel justified in suing the supplier. In essence this is not different, except the material was installed in her body rather than in her home. -trigg-
  • Score: -2

12:28am Fri 20 Jun 14

kez1968 says...

-trigg- wrote:
Aside from your views on plastic surgery and breast enlargements, the bottom line is that this woman paid to undergo a medical procedure which it later transpired was conducted using inferior materials.

If you had paid to have a marble fireplace installed in your home and later discovered it to be painted concrete, you would feel justified in suing the supplier. In essence this is not different, except the material was installed in her body rather than in her home.
Yes but the marble fireplace wouldn't be replaced by our national insurance contributions, it was her vanity, should be her contribution.
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: Aside from your views on plastic surgery and breast enlargements, the bottom line is that this woman paid to undergo a medical procedure which it later transpired was conducted using inferior materials. If you had paid to have a marble fireplace installed in your home and later discovered it to be painted concrete, you would feel justified in suing the supplier. In essence this is not different, except the material was installed in her body rather than in her home.[/p][/quote]Yes but the marble fireplace wouldn't be replaced by our national insurance contributions, it was her vanity, should be her contribution. kez1968
  • Score: 2

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