Lisa Fair is one of the 1,500 Irish women who were fitted with cheap, industrial-grade silicone implants made by the French firm Poly Implant Prothèse, which has since closed.
She was private about her breast operation but after the PIP scandal broke at Christmas she decided to take the step to speak out about her ordeal.
On TV3’s This Morning show yesterday she said she had been subjected to hurtful internet abuse after revealing she received PIP implants from the reputable Harley Medical Group in Ireland.
“I was emailed by a lady on a mums forum in England who told me that I deserved to get cancer for being so vain, for having the surgery in the first place.
“I have also been told I should be happy with the body I have. I think it is a misunderstanding about the surgery and people have their opinions about the surgery and they have every right to but this is about the product.”
She said the thousands of women affected in England were given support from the NHS.
“Unfortunately I am part of a very small group of women in Ireland who are trying to explain what happened to them without the backing of the Department of Health, who say it has to do with the private clinics.”
PIP closed in Mar 2010 after regulators found it was using a non-medical grade silicone in implants.
In December last year, the French government advised 30,000 women to have substandard PIP implants, which are more likely to leak, removed.
Ms Fair said many women in Ireland fitted with the implants were terrified they were harmful to their health. “I am in pain every day with my implants. I can get my hand behind one of my implants. I want them gone and out of my body. It’s industrial-grade silicone. The clinics are not listening to us and not engaging with us at all.”