Utah woman among thousands who claim breast implants make them sick

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) -There is growing concern about breast implants on the internet.
A private page on Facebook has connected more than 65,000 women around the world who claim they are suffering from breast implant illness.

It’s a chronic condition not medically recognized as a diagnosis, but these women claim their elective surgery caused them debilitating illnesses. One of those women Hollie Godfrey from Riverdale. She’s speaking out in hopes of helping more women.

Hollie Godfrey became very ill several years after getting her breast implants.

“fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis Hashimoto’s.”

The list goes on.

“Lupus, every autoimmune disease you could test positive for, I tested positive.”

After more than a decade of chronic illness, she wanted to end her own life.

“I was so sick and nobody believed me. I hit a wall and didn’t know what else to do. I was just waiting for the right time.”

Board certified plastic surgeon in Utah and the president of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Renato Saltz says, he doesn’t believe there’s a link between breast implants and connective tissue or autoimmunie disease. He says there’s not enough science to back it up.  

But a growing concern on the internet has connected some 65,000 followers in a support group on Facebook called ‘Breast Implant Illness by Nicole.’ 

Also, the FDA recently issued a warning about more patients suffering from a rare and deadly cancer linked to breast implants.

Hollie got her implants removed in an explant last year.

“Literally, the moment I woke up, I felt better. Everything I tested positive for has disappeared.”

“I look back now that’s not my personality. I now know it was the breast implants affecting me mentally and physically. I’m back. I have my life back. I’m the person I used to be.”

Now Hollie is hoping her story might provide hope for others who can’t explain why they’re so sick.

“All these women who are sick all the time and no one believes them this may be the answer.”

The FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons established a national breast implant registry to collect information. You can find that here: https://www.thepsf.org/research/registries/nbir.

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