Woman, 28, left with size-B and size-D breasts after botched implants in Turkey
A woman said she nearly died after getting two botched boob jobs at a clinic she saw advertised on Instagram.
Holly McCulloch, of Greasby, Wirral, has been left with two mismatched breasts- a B-cup and a D-cup – after her implant surgery went horribly wrong in Turkey last July.
The 28-year-old said she booked into a clinic in Istanbul via Whatsapp after seeing an advert, reassured by 'celebrities' who were promoting it on Instagram.
She flew from Manchester to Istanbul, where she later paid £2,700 for her operation and a five-day all-inclusive villa stay.
Holly, who is 5ft 6in and a size 8, claims that when she told the doctor she wanted G-cup breasts he responded with a high-five and did not question anymore.
Without seeing the actual implant, she said: "I was anxious because it all felt strange and rushed, but I had made my decision and at the end of the day, more than anything I was just so excited."
Four hours later, Holly was wheeled down to the operating theatre and the last thing she remembered before surgery was the doctor saying to her 'you wake up with big boobies!'.
But Holly said she woke up in 'absolute agony'.
"Each time [the nurse] touched me, I was in agony. It was like my chest was on fire – all I could do was sign for her to pass me my phone and I frantically typed into the translator 'I can't take anymore'," she recalled.
She said the doctors came in and took her into the operating theatre again and when she woke up again, the implants were gone.
Holly was left devastated as she noticed her skin being stretched out from the huge implants and looking loose and saggy.
She said she remembered the coordinator coming to see her and seemingly placing the blame on her.
"He said 'I told you no big boobs!' – but he hadn't. I was confused and frightened and he made it feel like it was all my fault," she said.
Then, she said she was told to fly back home to heal before having replacement implants for free.
She stayed home for about five months until fully healed and flew back to Istanbul in January this year.
This time, the implants would be a D cup – a better fit for Holly's petite frame.
She was feeling happy and satisfied after the surgery as she said it was what she had always expected.
Things seemed to be fine until the next day when Holly said she started to have cold sweats and a high fever reaching 40 degrees.
Two days later she was on her way home.
During the flight, Holly said she fell on her boobs after feeling nauseous and leaning forward to vomit.
"I screamed out in pain – I'd never felt anything like it, it was like being hit with a car," she said.
She was taken to a medical room in Amsterdam Airport where she had a connecting flight to Manchester.
She was told that she had an infection and was given antibiotics, pain killers and a cooling gel before she continued her flight back home.
Once landed at Manchester, Holly was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital and showed the doctors her implants.
She said there was a large blister along the incision mark of the left breast which Holly failed to notice.
She was given antibiotics to combat the infection and sent home to recover, but continued to feel unwell.
The blister caused the skin around it turned black and Holly was forced to visit her local hospital.
"The doctor in Chester told me the black hole was dead skin. I was shocked that no one had told me before – I'd clearly been really worried about what was going on," Holly said.
She was discharged and assured the skin would grow back together, but she became panicked when the hole started to smell "like rotten meat" and seep a yellowish liquid.
Holly said she noticed the left implant was poking out when she was changing her six-year-old son Brad's clothes on February 22.
"I was horrified and couldn't believe it was happening to me," she said.
She rushed back to Aarowe Park Hospital and was told that there was a 7 cm wide hole. She was then transferred to a hopsital in Chester where specialist plastic surgeon suggested to have the implants removed.
Holly said: "I asked what the alternative was and he told me if it wasn't removed, the infection would end up killing me.
"I signed it and sobbed all night. I was so heartbroken that, after all I'd gone through to finally feel happy with my body, I was going to look worse than before."
She was discharged five days later and given antibiotics and painkillers.
Holly has to go under the knife again to fix her mismatched breasts.
She is now having an £1,000 replacement implant in three months time.
She blamed the doctor in Turkey for not explaining the risk to her.
She said: "But I'm not a medical professional, so how was I to know those implants were too big? That was the doctor's job.
"Had a doctor told me that what I wanted was crazy, I'd have been fine and just gone for the largest possible for my body.
"It was the doctor's and nurse's jobs to make sure I was fit and well after the second surgery, and they should never have let me go home in such a state."
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