In a landmark case in France, a French appeal court has ruled that a patient who received substandard implants manufactured by the French company Poly Implant Prothèse, or PIP, should receive compensation. It also upheld an earlier ruling finding that German company TUV Rheinland, which awarded safety certificates for the faulty implants, was negligent.
The ruling has far-reaching effects as it is estimated that up to 400,000 women worldwide have received the illegal implants.
The surgeon was shocked by what he found when he removed one of the implants. It had broken into multiple pieces inside her - exposing her body to an industrial-grade silicone gel.