- VICTIM’S EXPERIENCE CLEAR MESSAGE TO OTHERS TO COME FORWARD, GET SCANNED AND GET JUSTICE
Scots PiP victim Jenny Brown told of her “rupture nightmare” today (Wednesday 15th February). The woman from Edinburgh is currently recovering from surgery to have her implants removed last week after a scan identified a rupture in her right side.
Showing the state of her PiP implants she urged other concerned PiP victims not to suffer in silence.
Her solicitor, Patrick McGuire also urged women to come forward and said that the victims were entitled to claim redress to cover scans, removal, replacement and pain and suffering caused by the scandal.
The comments come on top of calls from the victims and Mr McGuire for the Scottish Government to hold a thorough, transparent and independent Public Inquiry into the scandal.
Jenny Brown was originally on an NHS waiting list to get breast augmentation surgery, but went private instead having her operation with Transform. She branded her whole ordeal a “nightmare”. She said:
“Since I started hearing about the PiP scandal back in December I’ve been living a complete nightmare and it still hasn’t ended.
“News of my rupture came completely out of the blue. I had concerns about my left side, but I would never have thought that it was actually my right side that was the problem. Everything happened very fast, I started the day going to my GP for advice and then got referred for a scan the same day which told me my implant had burst.
“When I found out about the rupture, I was just terrified. I’m so relieved to have them out, especially when I saw just how damaged these implants were.
“When I saw my ruptured implant up close for the first time I just cried. These implants were in my body and God knows what they’ve done to me.
She says she is now being asked to pay for replacement implants from her clinic. She said she feels abandoned by those who should be caring for her:
“I’ve now basically got holes in my chest and my clinic’s asking me to pay £2,500 to fill them. I can’t afford that sort of money, it’s just outrageous. I feel abandoned once again by the people who took my money and gave me these implants in the first place.
“After everything I’ve been through I don’t really have much faith in my clinic replacing my implants.”
She urged women with PiP Implants in Scotland not to “suffer in silence”. She called for them to get scanned and join the campaign for justice:
“I didn’t know about this rupture until I got a scan. It’s important that no woman suffers in silence. Get scanned and join our Facebook campaign group “PiP Implants Scotland” for support and advice.”
Patrick McGuire is Partner at Thompsons Solicitors and legal representative of the victims, including Jenny. The firm have set up a free legal advice line for the victims of the scandal (0800 089 1331). He urged women to come forward, get scans and use their right to get redress for what they’ve been through:
“Jenny has been through nothing short of a nightmare.
“What her experience clearly communicates is don’t suffer in silence. Come forward, get scanned and get justice.
“The victims of this scandal have rights just like any other consumer. They bought these implants in good faith and in their hour of need they’ve been told to get their chequebook out to buy peace of mind. It is simply unacceptable.
“The law is clear that they have the right to demand compensation for the cost of scans, removal, replacement as well as the pain and suffering caused by this whole nightmare. Our message to victims is clear – you deserve justice for what you’ve been through.”
He also said that the shocking state of Jenny’s PiP Implants “hammered home” the seriousness of the scandal and need for a Public Inquiry to be held:
“The state of Jenny’s implants hammers home the seriousness of the dangers faced by the victims of this scandal and the need to stop it ever happening again.
“There are questions hanging unanswered like why the Scottish NHS didn’t use PiP when England did; What the exact rupture rate is in Scotland; the public health dangers of silicone in general; what can be done to improve regulation of private clinics in Scotland and how we make sure dangerous implants like PiP breasts and defective hips don’t slip through the net and get certificates in the future.
“These are questions that demand thorough, independent scrutiny and that comes with the weight of a Public Inquiry.
“The Scottish Government has proven itself in the past to be light of foot in getting answers for victims through Public Inquiries.
“This is a serious Scottish public health issue – the Government must act in the interests of the Scottish people on this and not hide behind the UK Government’s reviews.”