Leaking implants cause of distress

Kerri Pettit from Higham Ferrers who is going to have her PIP breast implants removed by the NHS after they ruptured.

Kerri Pettit from Higham Ferrers who is going to have her PIP breast implants removed by the NHS after they ruptured.

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A woman is considering having her breast implants taken out after they leaked industrial-grade silicone into her body.

Kerri Pettit, 38, had implants fitted in December 2005 after breast-feeding her son.

But after finding lumps under her skin she discovered that one of the implants had ruptured.

Miss Pettit, of Westfield Street, Higham Ferrers, said she decided to have the operation to help her self-esteem.

She said: “I had the implants after breast-feeding my son.

“It was a lot to do with my self esteem, it was affecting me psychologically.

“At the beginning of 2010 I found a big lump like a bubble by my armpit. It could move around so I went to see my doctor. I was told it was a displacement of the silicone but if it didn’t grow then not to worry.

“In September I found another lump and went to Kettering General Hospital. After a scan and MRI they said that one of the implants had ruptured and the other was being rejected by the body.”

Miss Pettit had the implants at Birkdale Clinic in Rotherham after being referred by her GP at Parklands Surgery in Rushden.

The implants were made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese – the same brand criticised recently for using industrial-grade silicone meant for use in mattresses.

Miss Pettit said: “It cannot be any good to have a leakage of silicone in your body, especially industrial-grade.

“The NHS has agreed to have them taken out and replaced.

“I’m going to see my surgeon to talk about it but I’m not sure I want to risk putting more in.

“I never thought for one minute that the NHS wouldn’t be using the best implants available.

“I was told there was a risk as there is with any operation, but I wasn’t told a lot about the implants.”