Transgender woman fears for her life after deadly ‘cement implants’ turn her breasts into ticking time bombs
A transgender woman is fearing for her life after her deadly ‘cement’ implants turned her breasts into ticking time bombs.
Kayla Lozano, 43, from Webster in Texas, USA, believes she could die at any moment after silicone in her one breast went rock-hard and she found solid lumps in the other.
Kayla started transitioning over two decades ago with hormones from Mexico and had industrial-grade silicone injections directly into her breasts.
For six years, she spent $1,500 on illegal injections into her pectoral tissue to get C-cup breasts.
After the death of some of her friends who had the treatment too, Kayla started researching and discovered that silicone can travel around the body causing fatal blood clots.
In addition to concerns over the quality of the silicone injections, many were discovered to have cement in them, which could explain her breasts solidifying.
Kayla also suffers from a daily ‘burning, excruciating pain’ throughout her body, which doctors believe is being caused by her immune system attacking the silicone.
Now she feels like a ‘ticking time bomb’ and is desperately fundraising to have her implants removed before the silicone kills her.
Kayla, who is studying social work, said: “When I started the silicone injections, my breasts were soft but now one has a few pretty large lumps and the right breast is solid as a rock.
“My entire right breast feels like one big stone, it’s very upsetting and very painful.
“I keep getting extremely sharp pains in my breast area, they also get very hot, irritated and itchy.
“It feels like that silicone has travelled through my body, I have aches and pain in my thighs, hips, legs and lower back just like the agony I felt from my breasts.
“After a lot of research, I’ve seen that the industrial grade silicone that was used for my breast hardens like cement and it feels like it too, they are hard round disks of cement like tissue.
“I feel like a ticking time bomb, doctors have told me it’s very dangerous as the silicone is travelling through my body and could reach my brain or other organs.
“Due to it constantly moving throughout my body, there’s a chance it could cause a blood clot and kill me if it solidifies, it’s very dangerous.
“I worry it’s not a matter of ‘if’ it happens but more ‘when’ because of all the loose silicone I have in my breast area.
“Living with that fear is really terrifying, all I want to do is have all of the silicone removed but it’s an expensive and complicated surgery.”
Kayla discarded male clothing and identity to become Kayla in 1993 after winning a ‘drag competition’ that she says helped to validate her as a woman.
However, during the 90s being transgender was ‘extremely taboo’ and she struggled to find any resources or guidance to help her transition.
Kayla said: “After winning the competition, I finally feel comfortable and beautiful in my own skin, even while living as a caricature of a woman, I was expressing myself in a way I was comfortable.”
“But there was still a lot of stigma around being transgender in the 90s and the LGB movement was only just being introduced.
“It was sensational to be gay, but to be transgender was just viewed as very, very wrong.”
As a last resort she would regularly cross the Mexican border to buy oestrogen hormones that she would administer herself, as well as visiting illegal ‘silicone doctors’.
Operating out of ‘seedy motels’, they offered a cheap but unregulated alternatives to plastic surgery, giving transgender females a chance of aesthetically achieving womanhood.
Kayla said: “The silicone doctors would inject my breast area quite a few times with a large needle, it was without anaesthesia and was very painful when the silicone entered my body.
“When the needle came out, it would just ooze with silicon, which would be sealed with cotton wool balls and industrial super glue.
“It was the most excruciating pain like my chest was on fire, I did it because it was a means to become who I wanted to be.”
By 2000, she had spent $1,500 on the ‘backstreet augmentation’ but over the years they started to harden and she discovered solid lumps.
Later, after several of her friends died from the silicone injections, she started researching the substance travelling around her body.
Kayla added: “I didn’t realise how dangerous it was until my friends started dying from it, I had a really close friend who had just finished going through her entire transition when she died.
“It was shocking to me, here was a beautiful girl who went through all of this surgery to finally become a woman physically and she died from the injections, it was a wake-up call.
“Since then, I’ve become more educated and found out that the ‘industrial grade silicone’ wasn’t 100% silicone and could have contained cement.”
Doctors believe the loose silicone travelling around her body could be fatal and now Kayla is desperately fundraising to have her implants removed to keep her alive.
Kayla said: “Over the years my breasts have been getting harder and harder, it’s impossible not to think about the potential damage.
“While I’m thankful to be alive, I worry about the future, I know the silicone in my body could kill me and that every day the implants remain in my body I’m at a higher risk.
“Had I have known the dangers, I would never have undergone the treatment, I never expected any harm to come to myself and all I wanted was to be happy with who I am.
“Now I’m training to be a social worker so that I can help the transgender community, my aim is to stop others from having illegal surgery as the risks are real.”
To donate to her fund visit: https://www.gofundme.com/botched-revision-surgery-for-trans
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