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My nipples rotted off and I nearly died when boob job and tummy tuck went horribly wrong

A WOMAN has opened up about the horrifying moment she was left on the brink of death after having a botched tummy tuck and boob job abroad.

Lyndsay Colosimo, 38, forked out £7,700 for the plastic surgery in Columbia in May in a bid to "feel confident" for her 40th birthday.

But days later, the flesh around Lyndsay's wound and her nipples began rotting and her skin turned black.

The insurance underwriter was rushed to hospital, where she was forced to have multiple operations to save her life and rectify her botched surgery.

Lyndsay, from Florida, US, is now warning others about the dangers of having cosmetic surgery abroad following her harrowing ordeal.

She said: "I regret it so much - I went there to feel confident and now I feel embarrassed."

Lyndsay first decided to have the surgery in Colombia after two of her friends went to the same clinic and claimed their results were "amazing".

She said: "I had a tummy tuck in the US in 2012 and I wasn’t happy with it and wanted it revised with a bum lift.

"When I got to the clinic, I was advised on a breast reduction and lift too – something I have always wanted but it wasn’t my priority.

"I decided to have both but I did worry as I felt as though much surgery at once, but you trust the professionals."

Lyndsay was in surgery for five and a half hours before she woke up - and everything spiralled out of control.

She added: "When I woke up, I didn’t feel right and a doctor was nowhere to be seen.

"My legs felt numb and I began vomiting uncontrollably – it was the worst pain of my life.

My legs felt numb and I began vomiting uncontrollably – it was the worst pain of my life

Lyndsay Colosimo

"It continued for a few days and I could see a black spot under my bandage, but I was told it was dried blood and not to worry by medics.

"I knew in my heart it wasn’t as I was getting worse by the day – eventually I saw what was under the bandage and 30 per cent of my nipple was black."

Lyndsay claims she was diagnosed with necrosis - dead cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply – and that her nipple and milk duct was surgically removed three weeks after the initial surgery.

Lyndsay says 30 per cent of her nipples went blackShe was scheduled to stay in Columbia for 20 days but went on to stay for a further 12 as she claims there were further complications.

She said: "I had open wounds on my breasts as the implant pocket wasn’t big enough – it is like the incision was made for a C-cup and DD was shoved in.

"My skin started breaking open, it was terrifying to see.

"I had a fever and continued to show signs of infections and encouraged to walk around whereas usually people are told to rest after surgery.

"My stomach began to fill with fluid and puss would seep out of my belly button and massage therapists were sent to my hotel room with razor blades to cut open the incisions and massage the fluids out.

"This is unsanitary and hotel rooms are not sterile environments.

"Massage oil is not good near open wounds – I ignored all the red flags as I was desperate for it to make me feel better.

"Unfortunately, I am more educated after the events rather than before.

I researched the clinic and seen amazing results with my own eyes, but I didn’t see any of the bad

Lyndsay Colosimo

"I researched the clinic and seen amazing results with my own eyes, but I didn’t see any of the bad.”

On her return to the US, Lyndsay was taken straight to the hospital and claims doctors found an E. coli infection in her breast and revision surgery was needed on her stomach.

Following this, she required a wound vax weekly and a doctor to change her bandages daily.

She was finally discharged from their care November 20.

Lyndsay now claims she has a £39,900 medical bill - the initial surgery would have cost £4,700 at a US plastic surgery.

She adds: “I went straight to the emergency department and had two more surgeries to install three drains to flush out the infections in my stomach.

“This infection almost cost me my life - I developed cellulitis and I am still in constant pain at the incision point.

“I was seeking perfection but now I look back and realise I was good enough.

“Before surgery, I wouldn’t wear a bikini and now I won’t even wear a dress or leave my house.

“I thought I would feel liberated after, but I feel ashamed.

“I share my story on social media to prevent other women going through the torture I have been through.”

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