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Compounding the family’s grief is the suspicion - now being voiced with increasing urgency among medical professionals - that Lucy’s implants may have contributed to Luna’s illness.The ‘what ifs’ are an almost unbearable torture for Lucy.‘Cancer can happen to anyone and we don’t know if there is a link,’ she says.If they have these samples it seems a shame they haven’t been tested.’Jess Johns is another mother who is terrified that her eight-month-old son Archie’s severe respiratory problems could be linked to her PIP breast implants, one of which has ruptured. Concerned, she contacted the Harley Medical Group, the provider that carried out her implant procedure.Jess, 26, had her implants fitted in the summer of 2005 when she was 18. But they told her that as it was now more than six years since she’d had the operation they were unable to help.Indeed, a spokesman for the Department of Health this week repeated the Government’s official position: ‘We stand by the conclusions of the original report and want to reassure women that PIP implants do not pose a significantly increased risk to health.’Rajiv Grover, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, says surgeons removing PIP implants have been reporting signs of unusual inflammation in breast tissue, unlike anything they have seen with other implants.‘Something is different, no question, and what the Government has said does not explain that,’ he insists.He is also concerned that the Government’s research was based on unused PIP implants rather than those that had been removed from women.‘Endocrine disruptors have been shown to have widespread effects and there are links with diseases including cancer but not enough investigation has been done,’ says Dr Martindale.
Five short weeks later, she died at home with her parents by her side.
After several weeks of A&E visits and tests, Lucy and Mario were told that Luna had a brain tumour.‘I thought: “Oh my God”,’ she says quietly.
She immediately had her implants removed and replaced, but at the forefront of her mind was Luna’s health.
Lucy, whose husband Mario runs a double glazing company, was initially happy with the results of her operation.
She had been a flat-chested teenager and very slim, and her new figure gave her more confidence.‘But soon after Luna was born, I’d noticed one of my breasts looked lumpy,’ she says.Implants made by the French company Poly Implant Prothèse were found to contain industrial-grade silicone approved for use in mattresses and cushions and known to have a 15 to 30 per cent chance of rupturing.