BOGOTA - Fear and anger are growing among women with breast implants
in Latin America, a key market for the bankrupt French firm that used industrial
silicone to make cheap prostheses linked to health risks.
The implants at
the center of the scandal were made by the now defunct Poly Implant Prothese
(PIP) and appear to have an unusually high rupture rate, prompting French
authorities to urge women to have them removed.
Some 300,000 PIP
implants, used in cosmetic surgery to enhance breast size or replace lost breast
tissue, were sold worldwide, tens of thousands of them in Latin America where
demand for cosmetic procedures is high.
Colombian television presenter
Alexandra Correa is desperate to know if her 10-year old implants are safe or
not. She has been seeking an answer from her surgeon for the past few weeks but
he hasn't returned her calls. Now he's on holiday.