Fifteen years ago, Elizabeth Starr got illegal "string" breast implants to help advance her career. Now, she says, they could end her life.
The 43-year-old porn star, who sports O-cup breasts, got the implants 15 years ago. Since then, Barcroft Media reports, she's had 63 corrective procedures to deal with complications stemming from her original surgery.
Doctors have recommended that the mother of two get a double mastectomy to protect her from the risk of blood clots and infection, but after more than 60 surgeries, Starr told Barcroft she can't face the prospect of going under the knife again.
Starr explained why she got the huge implants in the first place.
"Back then I had a family to support and I knew getting bigger boobs would boost my career prospects," Starr said, according to the Daily Mail. "Now I live day-to-day worrying I might be struck down by infections or blood clots. It's ruined my life."
The New York Daily News has more on string implants:
"The procedure involves putting synthetic polypropylene 'strings' into the breasts. The strings generate fluid production and then absorb the fluid, causing the breasts to continuously expand over time. The implants were banned in the United States and Europe a few years after Starr's operation."
"It's hard when you have been a victim of something and it's even harder when you choose a path in life where people might look down on you and think, 'she deserved it,'" Starr said, according to the Mail. "But I wouldn't wish this on anyone and I hope my story will act as a warning."