A MUM-of-six today told how she sold her car to pay for her toxic breast implants to be removed.
Christina Shepherd had corrective surgery after discovering controversial PIP implants had ruptured and leaked.
She underwent breast enhancement five years ago – but it was only in January this year she discovered PIP implants had been used.
The 51-year-old from Cleveleys, was advised to have them removed after seeking medical advice.
Now she is urging other women, who have got PIP implants, to have them taken out if they fear for their health.
She said: “The pain was unbelievable – and to find it was industrial grade silicon which had been leaking into my system was terrible.”
Mrs Shepherd had her implants removed and replaced during a 45-minute procedure under local anaesthetic at Sandon House Clinic.
She said: “It is such a relief to have had them removed.
“If it hadn’t been that a friend of mine told me about a feature on ITV’s This Morning, I would never have known about this scandal.
“There are maybe thousands of women still walking about unaware of the state or contents of their implants.
“This is one of my reasons for wanting to tell my story. They are timebombs.”
Around 47,000 British women are believed to have been given the implants manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prothese, which has now gone into liquidation. They were filled with non-medical grade silicone intended for use in mattresses.
Mrs Shepherd paid £3,750 to have her implants put in at another clinic in Manchester – and £2,200 to have them removed and replaced at Sandon House.
She said: “When I decided to have the implants, I just wanted to look like a woman again after breast feeding six children. I felt I deserved it and paid myself.
“But recently I knew they weren’t right.
“I had to sell my car to pay for the replacement operation. One had ruptured and when I saw it after it had been taken out it was frightening.
“It was our Government who passed the implants as fit for human use.”
The latest advice from the NHS and plastic surgery experts is that women do not need to have them removed unless they have symptoms such as pain and tenderness.