WOMEN whose lives have been turned upside down after learning they had potentially dangerous breast implants are raising cash to have them removed.
The group’s members - including five women from South Yorkshire - all have French PIP implants, which an investigation last year revealed contain industrial silicone and may be more prone to rupture and leakage.
Now, after struggling to get help from clinics or on the NHS, they have united to fundraise together to pay for all their implants to be removed and replaced.
Mum Sue Linley, of north Sheffield, had PIP implants in 2004 after suffering from depression and losing weight through breastfeeding.
The private clinic where she had the surgery has closed and she said the NHS took weeks to even give her an appointment.
She said: “This is a horrible situation to be in and it has been an emotional rollercoaster for me, my friends and family.
“I don’t know whether my implants have ruptured. The consultant I spoke to at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital said it was only a matter of time.”
About 40,000 women in the UK are thought to have Poly Implant Prothèse implants.
The support group began on Facebook and also includes Kerry Needham, of Ecclesfield, Carol Robinson, of Sheffield, and Katrina Mirfin Allison and Wendy Williams, both of Rotherham.
As well as raising cash individually they are taking part in an I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here style challenge on Saturday to raise funds for surgery.
Money raised will be used to pay for other women’s surgeries.
Hairdresser Sue, 41, who has raised £570 by selling homemade items, said: “Everyone in this group has suffered, whether it’s health problems or lack of support from the NHS.
“Some have had no support from their GP and I’m sure without this group’s support we would have ended up in a much worse mental state.
“We have also become good friends.
“If there is anything good to come out of this bad situation it is that.”
The Pip Team will face their fears to eat grubs and handle wildlife in this Saturday’s sponsored event at the Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire
It is hosted by The Resurge Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping victims of adverse cosmetic surgery.