A 45-YEAR-OLD woman who travelled to Tunisia for breast enhancement surgery has successfully claimed compensation after one of the implants exploded.
Alison Chapman, from Hedge End, Southampton in England, said she had suffered a "horrendous and humiliating" ordeal after the surgery went wrong.
The mother of one opted for breast enhancement after suffering from low self-esteem over the size and shape of her breasts.
She chose the clinic in Tunisia, where she underwent the surgery in 2009, after finding it on the internet.
Ms Chapman was in agony when she arrived home after the operation and her left breast exploded when she had a shower.
"It was horrendous," she said. "I took a hot shower to try and relieve the pain and was absolutely horrified when my breast burst open.
"I couldn't believe what was happening to me.
"It's taken three years of reconstructive surgery to repair the wound and reduce the scarring and I now feel more self-conscious than ever before, it's been very humiliating."
Ms Chapman said: "I'd been deeply unhappy about my figure for years and didn't take the decision to have the breast surgery lightly.
"I looked on the internet and, when I came across the clinic in Tunisia, it seemed professional so I made the decision to go there.
"It's now one of the biggest regrets of my life."
Her solicitors yesterday revealed that they had secured a five-figure compensation claim from the credit card company that Ms Chapman used to pay for the surgery.