Silicone Survivor doing research on gel materials of explants
NOTE from Jeena:
To protect identify of author of this letter, I have edited out her real name and snail mail address. Please email her if you are a victim of Breast implants and wish to help her with this research.
I am a silicone survivor and will begin graduate in August in Biochemistry.
I am specifically interested in doing research onthe implant gel materials of women who have been explanted and kept their implants as evidence. I believe I can make a difference now in the science community that has mainly focused on the surface problems in womens' health once they become apparent. I want to study silicone gel implants for their chemical makeup and what the gel makeup is after explant of a ruptured implants has reacted with surrounding tissues. I believe this could be a big step towards learning more about what I believe to be a very toxic substance to the human body and implications in biological pathways and processes. I am asking for responses from women with explanted implants to contact me if the would be willing to submit pathology reports and implant gel samples if they were able to retain the explanted implants. I am only compiling this list to have contacts that I will use once I begin my graduate program and research studies. This will be in the fall of 1999. Anyone interested in helping me with this research please contact me and tell your story and if you have explanted implants that you could let me have a small sample of the gel if giving me the entire implant is a problem, minimalization of trafer of the gel will lower incidence of possible problems due to gel tranfer from its original envelope. The implants ruptured or otherwise will make for better science. If you have already received a pathology report that would also be useful for me as well. I know you can take pictures of ruptured implants to serve as evidence in lieu of the actually implants themselves. I will be able to study these and a temperature controlled environment and steps will be taken to ensure the implants can (if need be) returned to their respective owner. Please consider this as my personal fight for all of us women who have been injured by silicone. Please consider this as my personal fight for all of us women who have been injured by silicone.