A mum was spoken out about how she was ‘nearly killed’ when one of her breast implants from a $15,000 boob job ruptured, fulling her body with toxic silicone.
Shannon Plemons went from a B cup to a D cup, but just six months after the surgery, she began suffering chronic joint pain, migraines, hair loss and eventually lost her eyesight and hearing.
“I didn't think I was going to make it,” the 42-year-old, from Arkansas, US, said.
“My hearing completely went in one ear, I lost my vision and could only urinate once a day.”
The pain became so excruciating the gym addict was left struggling to get out of bed.
And eventually medics told her she had six months left to live after finding she had breast implant illness (BII) and the silicone implant in her left breast had ruptured.
“It's scary stuff because I haven't even raised my children yet, my youngest is 15 and they almost lost their mum for the sake of breast implants,” she recalled, adding she is now taking daily meds for the toxins in her body.
The grandmother-of-six this month had her implants removed entirely after finally seeking medical advice when her condition continued to deteriorate.
“I met a woman who had her implants removed after getting ill and when I compared the symptoms, it clicked in me like a lightbulb that my implants were killing me,” she said.
“The doctor knew there was something seriously wrong when he looked at me.”
Thousands of women claim they have suffered BII, which is linked to chronic pain and extreme fatigue after breast implant surgery, but can't be officially diagnosed.
“I was growing weaker and I told my family that I felt that there was a monster growing inside of me,” the mum-of-four explained.
“As soon as I woke up after the surgery, it was like someone had switched the lights on. My vision and hearing came back. My symptoms improved immediately.”
Shannon said she now feels alive again for the first time in years, having had the implants since 2010.
“I was very healthy, I went to the gym six days a week, ate well then around six months after I had the surgery, I started getting joint pain,” she remembered.
“Looking back, I realise that my body had started rejecting the implants at that point.”
Shannon is now speaking out to warn other women of the dangers of breast implants.
“I put them in there and I have to live with the guilt that I almost killed myself but they don't tell you all the risks,” she said.
“I got them for my own self confidence issues because I never had big breasts and I'd had children. I didn't get them for anyone else, I got them because I wanted to like what I saw when I looked in the mirror and to make myself feel better.”
But now she would want to discourage anyone else thinking of getting breast implants.
“They can be a silent killer,” she said.
“You might feel beautiful when you look in the mirror but there are too many medical issues and they can rob you of your life.”
Shannon is looking forward to going back to work and enjoying life with husband Jonathon, 49, and children; Chaney and Cassidy, both 22, Chayde, 17, and Creyton, 15.
“I haven't enjoyed life in five years. I've missed out on so much,” she said.
“I can't take back the years I lost but I can enhance my quality of life from now and now I just want to help other women.
“If my story saved one woman from making the same mistake I did then the struggle has been worth it.”
Additional reporting by Caters News.