It’s a common fear of anyone with breast implants — having them rupture — and one woman claims a bad fall made that fear a reality.
A report from FoxNews.com states the former mayor of San Diego and his wife are suing the city over an incident that took place in 2015. Cynthia Hedgecock took a nasty fall due to a 2.5-inch concrete lip on a public sidewalk, which resulted in her suffering from “serious personal injuries.”
One of her health complications: Both of her silicone implants ruptured, which began “leaking into her bloodstream and required ‘grueling’ replacement surgery followed by weeks of recovery and pain medication,” according to FoxNews.com. The leakage wasn’t discovered until Hedgecock went to a health clinic after experiencing “persistent chest pain and breast deformities.” While the couple is not seeking specific damages, treatments for Hedgecock’s injuries have tallied over $25,000.
After reading this story, we couldn’t help but wonder: How often does a tumble lead to such damage?
“The rupture rate is extremely low — it’s less than one percent per year,” Daniel Y. Maman, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon at 740 Park Plastic Surgery in New York City, tells Yahoo Beauty. “When we do see implant ruptures, it’s usually due to serious trauma, like a car accident, where the seat belt goes across the chest. But to hear it happening from a fall is extremely unusual.”
In fact, the Harvard-trained physician believes this story sounds “a little suspect.”