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Woman Loses Record-setting Triple-K Implants to Staph Infection

Woman Loses Record-setting Triple-K Implants to Staph Infection

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A woman whose claim to fame was what may have been the world's largest breasts has lost them to infection and may wind up with smaller breasts than she had before eight successive breast enlargement procedures. Doctors say she was at risk of losing her life, as well as her place in the record books.

In the most recent entry on her Web site, Sheyla Hershey, a Houston-area resident born in Brazil, says she is "doing fine," but does not give any details of the emergency surgery that may have saved her life.

Hershey reached the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limit of triple-F sized implants and had to return to Brazil to receive a pair of gallon-size silicone implants that pushed her to a triple-K and recognition by the Brazilian version of Guinness World Records. The implants were later inflated to an M, but deflated last year, returning her to a triple-K. It was that last procedure that left her with a life-threatening staph infection.

According to Dr. Jennifer Walden, plastic surgeon and clinical instructor of plastic surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, in addition to her implants, some of Hershey's natural tissue may have been removed if it were infected. Walden said the procedure would be similar to a mastectomy.

Heshey, who worked as a model, singer, dancer, and television actress in Brazil, claims to have had more than 30 prior plastic surgeries without any complications. In addition to breast enhancement, she has had work done on her nose, lips, and buttocks.

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