DailyMail: An unemployed mother-of-four who let her children go hungry so she could pay £4,000 ($6,349 US) for a boob job in Poland is asking the British taxpayer to fork out £5,000 ($7,936 US) for a new one after her surgery left her with wonky breasts.
Naica Gibson stopped buying food for her kids at the end of the month so she could put away almost a third of her benefit cash to fund the surgery on her ‘sagging’ 38D bust. The single-mother even refused to pay for clothes, school trips and days out from the children’s London home for two years as she saved up to go under the knife, saying she ‘had to cut back on pretty much everything. I missed meals as well as them.’
But after her Polish plastic surgeon allegedly left her with one boob bigger than the other – she’s now desperate for another. This time though, she’s wanting it on the NHS for free. The 31-year-old told The Sun: ‘I’m from England and deserve the treatment if I need it. I don’t see anything wrong in using my benefits for a boob job.‘
Naica has said she can’t even bear to look at her breasts, which have been left covered in scars by two trips to Poland paid for by her benefits cash. She was required to keep her newly boosted bosom wrapped in bandages for weeks after two operations – her initial boob job and a second to tweak them – and relied on a daily cocktail of painkillers to numb the after-effects of her surgeries. However, ever since unravelling them she’s been repulsed by what she claims is a noticeable disproportion in their sizes – an issue which can now only be fixed with pricey corrective surgery.
But instead of scrimping on food once more, Naica – who says she can’t work because she has to look after her four children – is this time going to the NHS, asking the taxpayer to foot the £5,000 bill. She said that despite being a mother, she still seeks to look her best, and because her attempts to do so have gone wrong it is now up to the NHS to help her.
The saving process for the boob job that she thought would restore her chest back to its youthful glory was a lengthy one for Naica, who lives with her four children – aged between one and 14, from two different fathers – in a three-bedroom townhouse in Tottenham, North London.
She is reportedly paid a total of £1,357 ($2,154 US) every month in tax credits, income support, child benefit, housing allowance and council tax, all from the public purse. Her saving plan saw her put away £100 every week. However, she admitted by the end of the month she’d have ‘no money left for the kids,’ at which point she’d take them to their gran’s house for their dinner. ‘I was determined to get my dream boob job no matter what, even if it meant cutting back on things for the kids,’ she said.
Despite initially planning on paying for an op in the UK, Naica – who has been on benefits all her adult life – couldn’t help but be tempted by the considerably cheaper surgery available in Poland after being blown away by Harley Street prices, where similar procedures start at around £8,500.
After months searching Google for ‘cheap places for cosmetic surgery’, Naica found one surgeon claiming to have given boob jobs to some of the cast from hit reality TV show, Geordie Shore. In January this year, after two years of saving, she paid the £4,250 she’d put away for her operation and travel costs.
However, on her way home she said she realized her boobs weren’t a natural shape and were already becoming extremely firm. She returned to Poland in February, going under the knife again. But her bad luck continued, with her dream breasts quickly becoming a total nightmare. They picked-up an infection on her second flight back home, and required almost immediate hospital treatment when she touched back down in the capital. She said: ‘All I could think was all those missed meals for nothing. I just wanted them fixed.’
Doctors have since told her she requires corrective surgery to re-do her boobs. She’s now waiting to speak to a GP to be given the green light for her third op, but this time paid for by the NHS.
Roger Goss, co-director of campaign group Patient Concern, blasted Naica’s cheek. He said: ‘This is simply not right. It gives the NHS a bad name, which it doesn’t deserve. Money used on Naica’s operation would make a massive difference to patients and save lives.’
Andy Silvester, campaign director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘This is yet another example of how badly our benefit system needs to be reformed. It’s sheer madness. It was her choice to use her benefits for her surgery, and unless there’s a clear medical reason for the NHS to step in it should be for her to pay for any adjustments.’
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