HUNDREDS of British women who were given dodgy boob jobs could receive a ‘£52million payout’, a court has ruled.
French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) used industrial-grade silicon intended for mattresses in their implants.
They had double the rupture rate of other implants and caused extreme pain to women who used them.
The Paris Appeal Court today ruled more than 2,500 women are entitled to pay-outs from German company TUV Rheinland, which originally awarded safety certificates for the faulty implants.
This victory came after the company was initially ordered by a French court to pay £52million to the 20,000 women who received the implants in 2017 – but TUV appealed.
And despite the company previously appealing the payout decision, the French court today ruled in favour of the victims.
Speaking after the ruling, Gail Coxon, revealed the life-changing experience with her implants.
She said she felt a ‘huge sense of relief’ after hearing the court’s decision.
Ms Coxon, who had her implants in 2006, told the BBC: “I had gone from being bright and vibrant and bubbly and full of energy to feeling like I was an old woman, and it was just horrendous and got progressively worse over the years until I had them removed.
“I honestly thought I was going to die at the time, it was really terrifying to go through.”
Ms Coxon added: “I can’t explain it, I have burst into tears I don’t know how many times this morning.
“It’s just a huge sense of relief, you finally feel that we have been listened to and that’s the biggest thing.”
Among them are 540 British women who say they have suffered long-term health effects.
Jan Spivey, of patients’ group PIP Action Campaign, suffered aching joints, pain and fatigue after the implants leaked silicone into her body.
After yesterday’s ruling she said: “I am elated and exhausted. It’s been a very long journey. We’ve been in and out of court and that’s been really difficult for women.
“We’ve got health issues and we’ve got lots of other responsibilities too – PIP has had an impact on the whole of our lives. It’s been an inescapable issue.”
She added: “My PIP implants from 20 years ago are still impacting on my life and my health and my wellbeing, even today.
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“I’ve been angry every single day for the 20 years I’ve been affected by PIP.” Olivier Aumaitre, who represents the women, said: “We are delighted with this outcome which definitively puts an end to the doubts about TUV’s responsibility.”
Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of PIP, was sentenced to four years in prison for fraud in 2013 and died in April aged 79.
TUV had maintained it was not responsible for what the implants were made of, only the way they were produced.