She suffered from hives, brain fog, with weight gain, depression, vertigo, hair loss and more.

Kathy Richmond, 38, was initially delighted with her dramatic seven cup size boost, but says she fell seriously ill and spent £60,000 on remedies, ultimately blaming her health problems on the silicone implants

The mum-of-four went from an A to a G cup size following a £5,000 procedure.
Kathy, who had the implants fitted at a private clinic in done in 2007, said: “Initially, I loved my implants. I didn’t regret them at all.

Aesthetically, the fitness instructor was delighted with her inflated chest – even though she had never hated her natural bust.

She said: “I never hated my breasts. But they changed after I had my two oldest children. I decided to get implants. We had the money in the bank, so I thought, ‘Why not’?”

But she said she fell ill around two years later, developing anxiety and a fungus which formed on her fingernails.

“There were stains on my face that looked like tea, the asthma I’d not had since I was a child worsened, I developed anxiety and fungus formed on my nails. “It was terrible.”

Kathy said: “I experienced various issues from 2009, but became very sick from late 2014. I suffered from hives, brain fog, with weight gain, depression, vertigo, hair loss and more.

It was a homeopathic practitioner who, in 2014, suggested to Kathy her breasts could be the cause of her ongoing troubles.

“As soon as she said it, I wondered,” she said. “The dates added up.”

Kathy believes she was suffering from breast implant illness - a syndrome which is discussed anecdotally but is not well known in the medical profession. It is used to describe a variety of ailments reported by women after breast augmentation surgery, including tiredness and allergy-like symptoms.


So, around two years later – and despite liking the visual appearance of her breasts – she had the implants removed at the same surgery where they were originally inserted.

Kathy said: “In total I’ve spent around £60,000. I spent £5,000 on having the implants, then £6,000 on having them explanted and the rest on copious therapies.

“But, the good news is, I’m feeling better. As soon as they were removed, I felt a lightness in my chest.'

“That’s why I am speaking out – so other women don’t have to suffer like I did.” Forrás