Ashlie Fahy is convinced her breast implants have been leaking since they were put in six years ago.
The 27-year-old single mother from Mandurah says her implants started rippling after six weeks, when she went back to work as a fitness instructor.
She is one of more than 120 women registered with Adelaide-based law firm Tindall Gask Bentley which is building a class action against the French manufacturer of Poly Implant Prothese implants. A third of the women are from WA.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration says it has received 57 confirmed reports of ruptured PIP breast implants and another 41 unconfirmed cases.
It estimates about 12,300 silicone gel implants manufactured by PIP were supplied or approved to Australian surgeons between 1998 and 2010. Like other women with faulty implants, Ms Fahy is in pain and suffering nose bleeds. She will have the imp- lants removed on February 8 but says the wait is nerve-wracking.
"I thought they were ruptured from the start because they rippled after about six weeks and I was in pain," she said. "But at the time I was told only major trauma could rupture them.
"Last month I found out they're the PIP ones and they have a big slit in them and have to come out."
Ms Fahy is booked into a private hospital to have them removed, along with damaged lymph nodes under her arms which she says will be tested for cancer.
A lump on her chest thought to be related to the leaking implants will also come out.
It will cost $5000, which she says is cheaper than the $15,000 it would normally cost because her surgeon has agreed to reduce the fees. She is relying on her boyfriend to help with the expense.
"I don't have any choice because I've been unwell for the past few months and it's been gradually getting worse," she said.
A spokeswoman for SCGH said women who thought their implants had ruptured should consult their GP.Late yesterday, French police arrested founder Jean-Claude Mas over the health scare. They are investigating possible charges of involuntary harm.
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