Woman says moldy breast implants almost killed her

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SHALIMAR, Fla. - Beauty can come at a high price, but it shouldn't come at the expense of someone's health and well being.

A Florida woman shared her nightmarish tale about a boob job gone horribly wrong. Anne Ziegenhorn said her saline breast implants were full of mold, and it nearly killed her, NewsFix reported.

"I felt like that was it, I was gonna die, and the doctors were gonna let me die," said Ziegenhorn.

Ziegenhorn was healthy when she suddenly started gaining weight, losing her vision and experiencing burning, unrelenting pain. There were sores all over her body, and her mind was so cloudy, she thought she might have Alzheimer's. Doctors misdiagnosed her with lupus, arthritis to thyroid problems, but it was Dr. Susan Kolb who finally figured it out.

"My experience in doing this for 30 years is that eventually everybody will become ill from their breast implants," said Dr. Kolb, a plastic surgeon.

Dr. Kolb isn't anti-implant and is the author of "The Naked Truth About Breast Implants." She says she's seeing lots of women with moldy implants, due to defective valves.

Meanwhile, Ziegenhorn has formed "The Implant Truth Survivors Committee" to educate women and doctors, and to force the FDA to listen.

"I literally willed myself to live and willed myself to get this message out here," said Ziegenhorn. "This is my purpose, this is why I'm here."