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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Breast mutilation linked to silicone injections SAN DIEGO A 40-year- old divorcee yearning for a more alluring figure answered an advertisement promising for a beautiful in the personals column of a San Diego suburban new- spaper. She was visited by a woman known to her only as who told her of a wonderful safe that would enhance her without and drove her across the Mexican border to a doctor's office in Tijuana. for the woman's small more like that of a girl of was transformed into a beautiful sized 38B by eight injections of creamy liquid silicone and the use of plastic molds to reshape her enlarged breasts. The medical procedure has been banned in the United States- by the Food and Drug Administration since the deaths of four several cases of blindness and other serious after-effects. For more than a year after the the divorcee was delighted with her volup- tuous figure until six months when her breasts became painful and lumpy. When she went back to the Ti- juana doctor he gave her a shot of cortisone and told her to stop worrying. But the pain almost unbearably. Her breasts turned began ulcerating and became horribly mishapened from the shifting and clotting of the silicone fluid. In tears and she finally went to Dr. Charles a plastic surgeon here who has probably handled more repair cases in the San Diego area than any other doctor. Even before she told him of her visit to the Mexican doc- tor who'had assured her it would be more of an ordeal than having a tooth Umansky recogniz- ed her plight as another case of silicone In the last seven sur- geons in the San Diego area and in Tijuana are reported to have treated nearly 400 women suffering from the same kind of mutilated breasts and infections. The women treated for the destructive after-effects range from go-go dancers to housewives and even to a 64- year-old grandmother. Dr. Matthew presi- dent of the San Diego Medical said that there recently has been an increase in the number of cases and in the severity of LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North REGULAR WED. NIGHT BINGO 8 P.M. 25 GAMES DOUBLE MONEY CARDS MANY EXTRAS This week's Jackpot in 53 Numbers 5 CARDS CARDS PAY DOUBLE DOOR PRIZE Wo one under 76 years allowed to which frequently don't appear until three or even six years have elapsed. About 20 per cent of the including the divorcee treated by are so far advanced as to require amputation of both breasts to check the inflection's migra- tion through the bloodstream to the lungs and heart with the risk of gangrene and a varie- ty of other organic troubles. Physicians here and across the border said virtually all the 400 cases had been traced to doctors in Mexican border particularly two prosperous young plastic sur- geons in Tijuana who are said to have used an industrial grade of raw silicone for the injections. The industrial costing to a is commonly used in floor water repellent car electrical insula- tion and synthetic rubbers. In the United silicone can be used legally for breast enlargement only in the form of not in- jections. In the pliable bags contain- ing a semi-solid silicone gel are surgically embedded over the chest muscles behind the bosom without coming into contact with the breasts themselves. There has been little success in curbing the activity on the Mexican side of tne critics due to. the laxity of the law and cor- ruption in enforcing it. Sears portrait photography has become an Excellent quality... Outstanding price subject plus 500 handling per portrait An 8x10 Colour Portrait of your child 3 days only Thursday and Friday a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose from finished portraits proofs Choice of poses Extra prints available at rea- sonable prices No obligation to buy additional portraits one offer per two per family Child age 3 weeks to 14 Sears SIMPSONS-SEARS Simpsons-Sears Ltd. at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee satisfaction or money refunded I and free delivery Store Open Dally a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 326-9231 SALAD DRESSING Western Family 32 W VEGETABLE OIL 469 0 West 128 oz. tin M RITZ BISCUITS 11b. pkg BATHROOM TISSUE Delsey 4 roll pack BLEACH JUICE Delnor Frozen 12 oz. tin 14 oz. Case of 24 Case of 24 39 Western gallons Case of 24............... c'f.-. Ib. Ib. Ib. Ib. Ib. El Red Roy Mix Match PEACHES 2'89C California Red S LEHUCE California Head Canada No. 1 GREEN PEPPERS 1 Qc California Large Bells..............................each RAISIN PIES BUTTER TARTS BREAD White or Brown 1O loaves ;