The mum of a woman who has suffered with illness since having breast implants says she believes they are killing her.
Charlotte Evonston, from Manchester, had breast implant surgery when she was 21.
Before then, she was fit, happy and healthy.
But since having the procedure, she has suffered with a number of severe symptoms and has been admitted to hospital countless times.
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Now aged 34, Charlotte believes her illness is related to her breast implants and wants them removed.
According to Breastcancer.org, breast implant illness is a term that some women and doctors use to refer to a wide range of symptoms that can develop after undergoing reconstruction or cosmetic augmentation with breast implants.
It is not currently recognised as an official medical diagnosis but in many, but not all cases, women have reported that surgery to remove their implants has completely resolved their symptoms.
Charlotte’s mum Gina Evonston, who spoke on her behalf as she wasn’t well enough, told the M.E.N her daughter had the implant surgery at the age of 21 for medical reasons.
“When we look back now, we think she probably had symptoms relatively soon after the surgery”, she said.
“But recently her symptoms have got worse. She has had really bad skin irritations all over her face, muscle pains.
“What became even more recognisable for her was the flare ups on her face, she always had beautiful skin.
“She has really blurred vision but doctors have told us there is nothing wrong with her eyes.
“She had really bad psoriasis and her hair was falling out.”
Charlotte, who has a five-year-old daughter, has been told by doctors that she suffers with ‘severe allergies’ and has been treated with steroids.
She has had to be rushed into hospital several times after going into anaphylaxis shock, Gina said.
After being left puzzled by her symptoms, which she initially put down to stress, Charlotte started researching breast implant illness.
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“We did not know about this to be honest. It was the fact we had exhausted every avenue”, Gina added.
“When she kept having to go to hospital we thought ‘this has got to be more than an allergy’.
“We’ve now looked into it and are horrified.
“She has had some very good support from other women who have been in the same position.”
Charlotte started training to become a midwife in 2019, but was withdrawn from her course after having too much time off with illness. She’s also had several miscarriages, which she believes are linked to her condition.
Her mum said she feels ‘trapped’ while she still has her implants.
Gina said: “I really do think that it’s slowly killing her.
“I do believe if she doesn’t get them removed they will kill her, either through the illness or because she does not want to be here anymore.
“She said she will rip them out herself if they can’t do it.”
Gina said an appointment to remove breast implants on the NHS may take up to 12 months.
But a private clinic has contacted the family with an available appointment on March 3.
The private surgery will cost thousands of pounds so the family have launched a fundraiser in the hope of raising some money towards the operation.
Gina said she ‘would never usually do something like that’ and is hoping to get some other financial help too.
But she said it’s the family’s only hope.
Charlotte also hopes speaking out will help other women or people who have had implants and are suffering from similar symptoms.
“She believes and I believe 100 per cent that she will feel better once they are gone”, Gina said.
You can donate to the fundraiser here.