ATLANTIS, Fla. - Ada Serrano says after having 6 kids her husband didn't like her breasts anymore and wanted her to get implants. She did going from B cup to a double D.
He paid for it but their marriage soon fell apart and she was left to take care of her six children.
She now works at Subway making $7.50 an hour. After suffering with chest pains for about a month, Serrano went to the doctor and learned startling news.
"They told me my right breast implant had ruptured. The left breast implant is leaking," Serrano said.
"Look at the difference here and see how flat it is...it feels like a fiery liquid just sitting there burning," Serrano said as she pointed to the problem area on her body.
Serrano's doctor immediately reached out to her health insurance provider Molina Healthcare, to get the implant removal surgery approved.
She says a representative told her and her doctor "Molina" wouldn't cover the surgery because it was considered cosmetic.
To pay for it, the surgery would cost between $3,500 and $6,000. But that's impossible for her to afford since she only makes $1,000 a month.
"It hurts. What more do I have to do be...do I have to be on a death bed?
Her 9-year-old daughter Selena says, "I never want her to die."
To cope with the pain Serrano is on several pain medications. That's creating a new challenge for Serrano.
"I'm a recovery addict. I don't want the pain medication."
Serrano says she regrets her decision to get implants 100% and says reconstruction is not her goal.
I don't want them re-done I want them removed."
According to WebMD, a ruptured implant can lead to cancer and even death.
"I would tell anyone who hasn't got them not to do them," Serrano said.
Serrano says she has filed an appeal with her health insurance provider but it was denied.
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