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    It’s been a downbeat week in the world of Weird, Fun, Strange & Tragic Plastic Surgery news. We did try to pepper the sad stories with some fun cosmetic surgery factoids. Here’s the latest and greatest…

    Patient Suffers Infection And Loses Eight Fingers And Both Feet

    Tampa Bay, Florida. Sally Lucia suffered horrific side effects following her tummy tuck and liposuction in 2001. Within months of her surgeries, an infection appeared and became so bad that her surgeons needed to remove eight of her fingers and both her feet. The complications suffered from the tummy tuck alone required 18 more surgeriesto save Lucia’s life. Today, Lucia is in a court battle with Memorial Hospital and the surgeon who worked there, blaming them for disfiguring her. The defense lawyers for the hospital and Dr. Haedicke, the surgeon who operated on Lucia, deny any wrongdoing. Lucia claims that the doctor waited too long to help her as she suffered from complications after her surgery.

    Dr. Greenwald, a popular plastic surgeon in Tampa Bay who is not involved in the case, said “Every complication is a horror story because you cry with your patients… You feel it.” Dr. Greenwald recommends patients do a lot of research, interview several doctors, insist on good credentials from industry-approved credentialing boards, and then choose a Doctor with the experience level to have seen complications before. (source: MyFox Tampa Bay)

    Guiness World Record For Largest Breast Implants Is Held By..
    World's Biggest Breast Implants, AugmentationThe Guiness World Record for largest augmented breasts is held by model, stripper, and adult film star Maxi Mounds, whose measurements are 42M-26-36 and whose breasts weight 20 pounds each. Maxi Mounds has an under breast measurement of 36 inches (91.44 cm) and an around chest-over-nipple measurement of 60.5 in (153.67 cm). Maxi’s breasts were augmented with string breast implants (polypropylene breast implants), which are implants that continue to grow after being implanted in the patient. Typically used by women who want to grow their breasts to a monstrous size, the implants are made of polypropylene which is a synthetic material that expands upon absorbing fluid in the body. String breast implants are typically used only by women in the adult industry and are not FDA approved and not available in the United States.

    English Woman Dies After Breast Reduction in Turkey

    A Norfolk, UK woman died of heart failure an hour after leaving a Turkish hospital following a breast reduction operation. 62-year-old Lynne Foster-Banks had a history of heart problems but was advised to go ahead with the operation by doctors at the private hospital in the resort of Bodrum after the removal of a fibroid lump found in a breast. Foster-Banks was also booked for a tummy tuck and liposuction that was to be performed the following day, the same day that Foster-Banks died. Now, nearly two years later her daughter Justine Winter is investigating the possibility of legal action in Turkey. The daughter told the hearing she felt the doctors had not taken into account the effect of such surgery on a woman of her mother’s age and with her medical history. (Source: EDP 24)

    Renowned New Zealand Surgeon Botches Tummy Tuck, Lipo & Breast Reduction

    An esteemed New Zealand surgeon is waiting to hear if a seriously botched breast reduction, tummy tuck and liposuction procedure performed on a 52-year old woman in July 2002 will see him found guilty of professional misconduct. The three surgical procedures have left the patient seriously disfigured. Nipple necrosis, dying infected breast tissue and necrosis in her belly button resulted in a second operation in which almost all her right breast was removed and a drain and bag was fitted into her belly button. Two months after the original operation, she woke to find her stomach split open. She says she wishes she had known the risks associated with her surgery.

    Representing the Health and Disability Commission, Kristy McDonald QC said the surgeon failed to fulfill the duty of care he owed her. She said the negligence and malpractice in this case left it open for the tribunal to decide if the surgeon had brought discredit to the medical profession.

    The surgeon defended all charges and denied responsibility for any negligence. Last week, the surgeon apologized for the first time, five years after the surgery. the patient heard the surgeon apologize for the first time, five years after the surgery. “I wish to apologize unreservedly as (the patient) has suffered an unsatisfactory outcome from which myself and my other staff have learnt much.” (Source: Stuff.co.nz)

    Heterosexual Man With Breast Implants

    Women are not the only people who get breast implants, as many transexuals also get them as part of their makeover. But one would not think that a heterosexual man would want to accessorize himself with a pair of breasts. Wrong. Magician Brian Zembic once bet someone $100,000 to get breast implants for a year. But after one year and upon winning the bet, Zembic decided to keep the implants which he’s still lugging around till today. His story is profiled in a book called The Man With $100,000 Breasts.
    First Playmate To Get Breast Implants

    The first Playboy playmate to get breast augmentation is Sue Williams, Miss April 1965. Williams also is the shortest playmate to be featured in Playboy, towering in at 4’11”. Williams committed suicide four years following her appearance in Playboy.

    Weird, Fun, Strange & Tragic Plastic Surgery is a weekly Make Me Heal column with news bytes of weird, sad, and funny tidbits about cosmetic surgery.

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