Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

PIP victim: I feel I was poisoned

About 47,000 British women are believed to have been given the faulty PIP breast implants

A British woman who gave evidence at the trial of five executives of a firm which supplied thousands of faulty breast implants has said she feels as though she has been "poisoned".

Outside the court in Marseilles, south France, Jan Spivey said she was "heartbroken" to see PIP founder Jean-Claude Mas in court. He and four members of his management team are charged with aggravated fraud.

The faulty implants caused a global health scare - and around 47,000 British women are believed to have been given the implants. They were filled with non-medical grade silicone intended for use in mattresses and have been linked to rupture and swelling in the body.

Ms Spivey, who was given the implants after having cancer, has since suffered lumps, changes of breast shape and removal of lymph nodes.

She told ITV News: "I am here to appeal to you to bring all those responsible for terrorising so many women... I want you to bring them to justice. I was terrified, I feel I have been poisoned."

She added: "We absolutely hope that we're going to find justice in France and that this is the beginning of a process to find all those responsible brought to account.

"Very, very importantly for us is what's happening in Britain. It's very clear the issue needs to be re-addressed and the questions need to be re-asked and this time, proper evidence and the published clinical documents are available and the British Government takes the matter seriously."

On seeing Mas in court, she added: "I thought he looked really pathetic. A really pathetic man. I'm heartbroken. I'm heartbroken to see the man who has created so much suffering to so many women."

Earlier this week, the NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh said that the scandal might not have affected so many women if proper surveillance systems had been in place. The controversy exposed ''woeful lapses'' in implant quality, patient aftercare and record keeping, a review into the PIP crisis found.

The review, chaired by Sir Bruce, called for system to track all implants and devices put into both NHS and private patients. Sir Bruce also called for more unannounced inspections on manufacturing plants.

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