ANGRY Ella Kilford wants more to be done to help women fitted with controversial breast implants.
The 21-year-old of Northern Parade, Portsmouth, had an implant made by the French company Poly Implant Prothese (Pip) put in when she was 19.
Ella paid £4,500 for the surgery, which was carried out by the Harley Medical Group (HMG).
But the French company has gone under after it was revealed the implants were filled with non-medical grade silicone and could rupture.
Now HMG is refusing to replace implants free.
Ella said: ‘This whole experience has left me feeling down – I believed the HMG were one of the best.
‘My implants hurt and I’m constantly worried whether this industrial silicone is leaking into my body.
‘It’s left me stressed, upset and confused and it’s like a ticking time bomb inside me. I haven’t been sleeping and no one is taking the blame.’
Around 40,000 women in the UK have Pip implants, with 14,000 being provided by the HMG.
HMG says it can remove the implants, but the cost is too much for it to replace them and the NHS needs to help.
‘I don’t agree the NHS should be picking up and sorting out the clinic’s problems,’ added Ella.
‘However if I suffer a rupture, and the HMG is charging to replace them, which I can’t afford, then I have no other option.
‘Ideally I want the centre to offer free replacements – ruptured or not.
‘I have already paid £4,500 and do not see why I should get into debt to replace them. I am still paying off these ones through finance.’
Tomorrow Ella will be taking part in a protest being held outside the HMG, in London, along with scores of other women.
Consultant Constantinos Yiangou is a breast surgeon at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.
Mr Yiangou said: ‘We are following the Department of Health’s recommendations.
‘For the local population I would like to assure them Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust never used the Pip implants – including when the Royal Haslar Hospital in Gosport was open.
‘Also the available evidence gives no link between the implant and cancer and there is no evidence to routinely remove them from everybody.
‘And there is no definite evidence that if they rupture they release dangerous toxins in the body.
‘However I recognise this is a very anxious moment for those who have Pip implants.
‘If you have had Pip implants from the NHS then you need to go see your GP and he will refer you to a hospital team.
‘If you have had them privately then you need to see your surgeon or clinic and see what they offer.
‘Women can come to QA and find out what type of implants they have.’