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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Argentines demand free breast implant replacements

(12-27) 14:37 PST BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) --

A group of 50 Argentine women threatened to sue their plastic surgeons on Tuesday if they don't get free replacements of faulty French breast implants.

The group is led by attorney Virginia Luna, who herself has the "PIP" silicone gel packs implanted in her breasts. She said five of her clients have obtained out-of-court agreements to provide free replacements, and if the rest don't get them as well, her group will sue.

The implants made by the now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese were banned last year in countries around the world after more than 1,000 women suffered ruptures. In all, 30,000 French women got the implants, and could experience harmful leaks of cheap industrial-grade silicone — not the medical-grade gel that higher-quality implants use.

Argentines demand free breast implant replacements

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