A young woman has warned of the dangers of cheap cosmetic surgery after her breasts exploded and nearly killed her following a boob job abroad.
Dennie Lees, 24, underwent the $3418 operation to have her breasts increased from a size 34A to 34F at a clinic in Belgium, last summer.
But after returning home to the UK, she claims she developed a fever before her breasts suddenly burst, sending fluid ‘gushing’ down her chest ‘like a tap’.
Dennie was rushed to Sandwell Hospital in West Bromwich, West Midlands, where doctors told her she had blood poisoning and operated to remove the 800CC breast implants.
Following the surgery, the furious patient complained to the Belgium clinic and was told she could have a second implant operation for free.
She agreed and flew out to the clinic again last week. But when she returned to Britain last Friday, Dennie felt a ‘ripple’ sensation in her left breast and drove herself to hospital
When doctors opened the stitches, they discovered the area was infected and Dennie was transferred to City Hospital in Birmingham, where she had the implant removed.
She has now been left with an uneven chest after she decided to leave her right implant in when medics told her it was healthy.
Dennie, who lives with her boyfriend Ed, 26, in Great Barr, Birmingham, said: “It was about nine days after the surgery and I felt a ripple when I was walking.
“At first I brushed it off but I woke up the next day with the worst fever I had ever had.
“I took my sports bra off and it just gushed out, it was like a tap, it was disgusting.
“I was so scared. My mum and boyfriend took me to hospital still with fluid pouring out of my breasts.
“They rushed me through A&E and I had about five or six doctors around my bed hooking me up to all kinds of monitors and drips.
“It turned out I had sepsis and the nurse told me if I hadn’t have come in when I did I would have died during the night.
“The first thing the next morning I was back in theatre having my breast implants removed.
“I woke up with drains still removing all of the leftover fluid. I was in hospital for about five days but I think I cried the whole time I was there.”
Dennie, who had her initial boob job on September 2 last year, said she returned to Belgium last week to go under the knife again – but quickly realised something was wrong.
“After I went back to Belgium last week to have the surgery done again, as soon as I landed on the plane back in England I felt a ripple in my left breast,” said the delivery driver.
“Rather than going home I came straight back to hospital and when one of the doctors opened the stitches it poured with puss.
“I had an operation to remove the left implant on Tuesday so now I have one enhanced breast and one ‘man boob’.
“I’m hoping to be allowed home soon but I definitely won’t be leaving the house anytime soon.”
Dennie now wants to raise awareness and issue a warning to other young women who may be considering going abroad for cheap cosmetic surgery.
She added: “I’ve wanted boobs since I hit puberty. I was blessed with a fat body with A-cup boobs.
“I got friendly with a woman on holiday in Greece last summer who had used the same clinic and she was pleased with them.
“I had all consultations done in England and there were loads of people in the waiting room and it all seemed okay.
“When I went over to Belgium it was a posh clinic. The rooms were lovely and everyone was really friendly and they couldn’t do enough for you.
“I decided to go back a second time because after I had to have them removed I was left with horrible lumps and bumps and abnormal-shaped breasts.
“I wouldn’t say to people not to have surgery but just to be very careful where they go because as much as it’s cheaper to go abroad, it’s not always best.
“Even though infections can happen in this country as well I just think it’s safer being closer to home.
“I wish I’d have had them done here now and I shouldn’t have gone back there for them to ‘fix’ them.”
Despite her nightmare ordeal, Dennie is still determined to go under the knife again to have her left breast enlarged to match her right one.
She is now considering taking legal action against the Belgian clinic.
Dennie added: “I haven’t had a sorry. I do want to sue them but I am still in hospital so I want to get home and decide what action to take next.”