Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Sheyla Hershey, the model who claims to have the world’s largest breasts, is now in a coma following a suicide attempt. According to The Sun:
Brazilian Hershey, who lives in Houston, Texas, had her MMM-cup implants removed in September after getting an infection during an op to fit them. She was due to have an op to return her to a size KKK today.
But the bipolar mum, who has been in therapy over her boob obsession, overdosed on Sunday – her second suicide bid in two months. After her first attempt, she said: “Once I reclaim my identity as the World’s Biggest Boobs I can be a better role model for my daughter.
“I feel so ugly without my breasts. Without them, I don’t know who I am.”
Wow. She obviously has major psychiatric problems. I hope she gets through all right and both she and her family get some effective therapy.
This is the nightmare of many plastic surgeons, including myself. We can operate on someone, not knowing their major psychiatric disorder, and then find out that the patient is mentally unstable after a (perceived) negative result. It’s the classic case of BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) that plastic surgeons are trained to spot. Unfortunately, some patients hide their BDD well until AFTER surgery, when it comes out in full force. I’m planning on telling a real doozy of a story about my experiences with BDD in my second book!
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Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Sheyla Hershey, the model with reportedly the largest breasts in the world, is fighting a staph infection of her breasts which could threaten her life. A year ago she travelled to Brazil to make her breasts a KKK in size, despite her being only 5’3″ tall. She is now suffering a severe infection that not only threatens her breasts, but also her life. In addition to the 10 surgeries she’s had on her breasts, she’s also undergone liposuction and rhinoplasty, all by the age of 30.
This unfortunate story exhibits three truths:
Hopefully she isn’t suffering from MRSA, which is resistant to most antibiotics. Her story reminds me of one of my patients who underwent a bargain-basement breast augmentation in Miami, only to develop multiple staph infections resulting in devastating deformities. Local NBC covered her story, which can be seen here. After several surgeries with me, I’m proud to say, she now looks pretty darn good.
Thanks for reading.
Michigan-based Plastic Surgeon
Anthony Youn, M.D.