Thursday, June 8, 2006
That's Just Wrong: Breast
Buying better breasts can be a very personal decision. But when one South Florida woman wanted to improve her impants, she claims the doctor was suppose to insert new ones not just repair the old ones. Now, she says That's Just Wrong.
WSVN--Between two kids and three jobs, you could say Kimberly Dawson's life is pretty busy.
But like most of us, this working mother believed she had one major flaw.
Kimberly Dawson: "I had my father's chest. I had nothing. Swear to god."
That's why 10 years ago, she got breast implants.
And as far Kimberly knew, the surgery was a success.
She thought she looked better and felt better, until she recently noticed something unusual.
Kimberly Dawson: "I have thin skin on the side so I started rippling."
In these photos, you can see the ripple above both breasts.
To fix the problem, Kimberly wanted to to choose a doctor she could trust.
Kimberly Dawson: "He said to achieve what I wanted to achieve, he said I had to have a wider implant. He said saline would be better, it's safer."
When Kimberly finally got the surgery done, she was stunned.
Her breasts looked better, but instead of getting new implants, the doctor just added more saline and reinstered the old ones.
Kimberly Dawson: "They said well he used your old ones. I said excuse me? I just about had a heart attack, I couldn't believe it. I was in shock."
Now, Kimberly says That's Just Wrong.
She's so upset the doctor's even offered to perform surgery for free if the implants fail in the first year.
Kimberly Dawson: "This letter says that he is going to do something nice for me to alleviate my concern."
But Kimberly and her husband didn't like that deal.
So when Seven News contacted the doctor. He sent this letter saying quote: "At no time did we ever agree to change the implants."
He also maintains if kimberly bought new ones, "The implants list for $1,200 dollars a pair and there was no reason to add this cost to her surgery when they appear to be in perfect condition."
But Kimberly argues that's not what she agreed to.
Kimberly Dawson: "Why didn't you just put new ones in me? That's what we discussed."
Craig Stevens: "And that's when 7 News went a step further. We called the company who made Kimberly's implants. It would not comment on her case, but referred us to the product specifications which clearly say breast implants are intended for a single use only."
Plus Kimberly says the new implants already have problems.
Kimberly Dawson: "I have a little water pocket. And it hasn't gone away."
Now she's considering having the operation over again.
"I went into this thinking I won't have to have this surgery for another ten years. Now in six months I'm going to have to have them redone."
But along with looking for a doctor, Kimberly's looking for a lawyer.
In the very least, she wants to make sure this doesn't happen to another patient again.
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