'I was up every night screaming' - Mum tells of how burst breast implant left her 'out of it' in pain
A mother has warned about the potential risks of cosmetic surgery after a ruptured breast implant left her screaming in pain at night for months.
Gina Kidd (36), from Co Antrim, opted to have silicone implants in Northern Ireland in 2011, experiencing no ill-effects at first.
But in June this year she said a nightmare of pain and ill-health began, leaving her unable to work or care for her 17-year-old son, who has Asperger's.
Doctors here could not identify the problem at first, and after months of pain she was told the earliest she could have the implant removed was February of next year.
The ordeal also caused gastrointestinal problems, resulting in the loss of two stone.
"I was up every night screaming in pain in my stomach and chest," she explained.
"At three in the morning this was happening, and I've a wee boy with autism and it hasn't been nice for him to be around and witness it.
"My mother came up one day and found me listless in bed, I couldn't do anything for myself.
"She had to be here to help me with housework and even help me take a bath, because I was too out of it.
"She had to look after me like a child, which was very debilitating, and took away my dignity."
By the start of December she said she'd reached breaking point, and flew to the Czech Republic for corrective surgery.
She was also determined to enjoy Christmas with her son without the agony.
"I thought I can't go through this anymore, I'm lying in pain every night crying," she said.
"I couldn't drive or look after my son, it's ridiculous."
She was astounded when her doctor in the Perfect Clinic in Prague told her the implant in one of her breasts was "completely destroyed".
It was leaking silicone into her body, with the other implant expanding and heading the same way.
"I was so relieved to have everything out," she said.
"I was extremely tired when I got home on Christmas Eve. It was a big rush, but I was able to sit up with my son and watch him open his presents without any pain or worry."
Although the pain in her chest, shoulder and arm has now subsided, she still suffers from the gastrointestinal problems as a result of the rupture.
"I'm still really thin and finding it hard to put on weight.
"I think I had some poisoning in my body, so it will take me some time to get rid of that," she said.
She now wants to warn others of the potential risks of some cosmetic surgeries.
"If I could go back, I would say to myself: 'Be happy with what you have'.
"To others who want to get it, I would say do your homework and pick people who are good at aftercare and considerate for your wellbeing, instead of somebody who will just have you in and out and not be very caring towards you afterwards."