Having boob job saved my life – I may have died if I didnt go under the knife10/10/2023
Lots of women have boob jobs, but the image enhancement rarely leads to saving a life.
One woman claimed this is exactly what happened to her after she flew to Turkey for breast surgery. Lauren Parker, 25, jetted off to Istanbul on September 5 for a breast uplift and implants.
But she said the decision led to changing her life after medics diagnosed a deadly pregnancy complication. Before she travelled for the op, she was experiencing "unusual bleeding", but her GP had put it all down to an abnormal period.
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When she was having a consultation with surgeons on the day of her breast operation, a routine blood test informed the team that Lauren was roughly five weeks pregnant. It was the ultrasound that revealed Lauren was experiencing an ectopic pregnancy – a condition that can prove fatal as a result of the fertilised egg getting stuck in the fallopian tube.
Doctors were so worried as they needed to act fast and operate on Lauren. When a woman experiences an ectopic pregnancy, the most common treatment involves surgery and removal of a fallopian tube.
The only thing is, the procedure reduces fertility and the chances of conceiving. Her fallopian tube was removed during a 45-minute keyhole surgery, which led to saving her life.
She was then kept under anaesthetic for another seven hours while the team performed her breast enlargement. The surgery allowed her boobs to boost from a ''baggy'' size B to a size E.
Lauren, an aesthetics practitioner and lash technician, from Southampton, said: "If I didn't go for that surgery I might not be here today. I was certain I wasn't pregnant – I didn't believe them at first. The staff in Turkey were amazing – they saved my life.
"On top of that I got my new boobs too, so it was amazing all around. I know there are horror stories about Turkish clinics, but I can't recommend this one highly enough."
She decided to have the £3,600 breast enhancement and lift back in August 2023, and she was very "excited" to transform her bust. Lauren admitted she grew sick of her "droopy, far apart boobs", and felt they looked "worse than ever" after she dropped six stone.
Over a two-year period she slimmed down drastically and went from a size 16 to a slender size 10. But a few weeks before her op, she started to experience intermittent bleeding, period pains and also felt faint and sick.
Lauren carried out a pregnancy test to ensure she'd be fit to fly, but the result came back negative. Due to the fact that the issue persisted, she reached out to her local GP, and she was given tranexamic acid medication to control the bleeding.
She said: ''I was feeling really rough and was worried with all the bleeding that I'd not be able to have the operation. I was worried about my iron levels to be honest, and didn't want to bleed out if I did have it.
''I was a bit shocked my GP didn't try and find out a bit more or run any tests or see me in person. But I was told I was fine to go out there, so I went.''
Lauren travelled with her boyfriend, Bradley Jones, 31, but the pair were left shocked when medics made the discovery. The couple hadn't been actively trying to get pregnant, but also admitted they'd "stopped using anything" as they felt they were ready for children.
"I requested multiple tests because I could not believe I was pregnant," she said. "Then the ultrasound scan came back with nothing and the doctors there were all really confused.
"It wasn't until they did another closer scan that they found the pregnancy was actually in my tube. It was scary – they were all really worried about me and offered to do the operation themselves or advised I get back to the UK for it ASAP.
"They saved my life by being so thorough. They were absolutely wonderful, they really cared and put me at ease. It was amazing, I felt in such safe hands.
"I knew something wasn't right before I left the UK, I wish I'd trusted my gut and been listened to here (in the UK). It was weird not knowing if I'd wake up with new boobs or not as they said they'd only do them if the keyhole had gone well."
Even though Lauren is now left with only one fallopian tube, she's also feeling positive about the future. She said she knows it'll be more difficult to fall pregnant, but she isn't going to stress about it just yet.
"I'm only 25 and we have lots of time to try," she explained. "I have been told I'll have to be quite careful about how I get pregnant and have lots of tests. It's a bit scary, but I've got lots of information.
"I feel much better now, I've got the look that I want. I felt so frumpy before. The shape is amazing, I feel so much better in myself and much more confident now."
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