A woman claims she was given breast plants without her consent after undergoing a double mastectomy and has sued the responsible hospital trust for the "pain and trauma" that ensued, Fox News noted.
Breast cancer runs in Donna Finegan-White's family so she elected to undergo the procedure at The Great Western Hospital to reduce her risk of developing the disease.
More and more women are opting to have the aggressive surgery.
Choosing to have both breasts removed was a tough decision to make for the 44-year-old from Swindon, Wiltshire, and her shock was exasperated after she woke from surgery to find the implants.
"I expected to come out of the surgery risk-free of breast cancer and without permanent implants as this is what had been agreed upon," the mother of two said, adding that the implants were noticeably bigger than the breasts she had removed, according to Fox News.
"Yet, I woke up with implants, which I had never signed for in the consultations with the surgeon."
Finegan-White reportedly had to wait four months for the implants to be removed during which time she "suffered a great deal of pain and trauma."
According to The Daily Mail, she sought medical help on several occasions because the pain and swelling in her breasts was unbearable.
She finally underwent corrective surgery in February 2016, but then had to undergo a second emergency procedure to remove a clot that had developed.
Finegan-White enlisted the help of expert medical negligence lawyer James Pink to investigate the matter and hold the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust accountable.
"We now call on the NHS Trust to ensure it learns lessons from Donna's case and realizes the importance of ensuring policies and checks surrounding patient consent are upheld at all times," Pink said.
The NHS Trust denied that it had acted negligently but admitted that whether Finegan-White consented or not fell below "reasonable standards," Fox News said.
The claim was settled out of court.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has previously warned of the dangers of breast implants, linking the procedure with a rare form of cancer, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL).
"As of Feb. 1, 2017, the FDA has received a total of 359 medical device reports of BIA-ALCL, including nine deaths," the administration said in its statement.
"There are 231 reports that included information on the implant surface.
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