Ex-mayor sues San Diego over wife’s ruptured breast implants

SAN DIEGO -- A former mayor of San Diego and his wife are suing the city over her ruptured breast implants.

Former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock

Roger Hedgecock, who was mayor from 1983 to 1985, and his wife Cynthia say both of her implants burst when she tripped and fell on a dangerous sidewalk in Pacific Beach on Morrell Street near Grand Avenue on July 31,  2015. The Hedgecocks said that silicone leaked into her bloodstream and she needed weeks to recover from the replacement surgery, according to the couple's court filing. Roger Hedgecock is a co-plaintiff because he suffered "the loss of support, service, love, companionship, society, affection, relations and solace from his wife," the lawsuit states.

Jurors were seated in the civil trial Monday and opening arguments are expected to begin Tuesday morning.

The Hedgecocks are seeking  $25,000, which they say is the cost of replacing the implants.

Attorneys for the city said there is no evidence that the fall caused Cynthia Hedgecock's implants to leak. They said medical records show the
implants had already ruptured in 2012 and were due for replacement because they were more than 20 years old.