TWO friends who feared for their health during the PIP scandal have spoken of their relief at having the banned implants removed.
Mum-of-four Sharon Adams, from Pennywell, had to undergo yet more surgery after her controversial breast implant ruptured and leaked silicone into her body.
The 38-year-old underwent an operation at Sunderland Royal Hospital to remove the faulty implants and have them replaced with a safer brand, with a lower rupture rate, after the original implants were at the centre of a national health scare.
She has now recovered from the operation but says more should be done to test implants.
“I was in pain with them before they were removed,” she explained. “They felt tight, swollen and were tender to touch, but I don’t have any of that now.”
Last week, a final review into the implants, led by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS medical director, says the implants, which were made with unauthorised silicone filler, are not toxic or carcinogenic and that there were no long-term health effects.
However, the report admitted that women had faced a worrying time due to the implants’ high rupture rates.
Sharon, who is mum to Bethany, 17, Alexzander, 13, Morgan, 11, and Marley, six, said: “They have known about these problems for years. They should never have been fitted in the first place.”
Earlier this year, it was revealed that about 450 women patients at Spire Washington Hospital were given the PIP breast implants.
Among them was Michelle Hudson from Ford Estate.
The 35-year-old went under the knife for a fifth time after a series of unsuccessful breast operations.
Michelle, who is mum to Natalie, 19, Connor, 14, and Elisha, nine, was fitted with PIP implants at Spire Washington who performed her replacement surgery, with a different brand of silicone, for free.
“The same surgeon performed the replacement surgery,” she explained. “He said he felt really bad as I was the only woman he had fitted with PIP implants, but the new implants feel fine. They said my PIP implants hadn’t ruptured but they found a loose piece of free silicone when they were operating.
“Before, I constantly felt like I had flu-like symptoms, but I feel fine now.”
Speaking about last week’s report, she said: “I feel like the Government are trying to cover their own backs. They say there are no long-term health effects but women on forums with PIP implants have said they have constant auto-immune problems and arthritis keeps coming up too.
“They should test all the girls who had these implants and find out once and for all what problems they’ve caused.”