A CHINESE woman, who suffers from a rare medical condition, has undergone drastic boob reduction surgery after her enormous breasts left her with chronic back and shoulder pain
A 50-year-old Chinese woman has undergone surgery to remove one stone of tissue from her breasts.
The woman, known only as Mrs Lin, from Xiamen in China’s Fujian Province, revealed: “My breasts were normal sized even after I gave birth at 20, but they grew up crazily when I was 30.”
She finally decided to visit doctors when the size became unbearable and was causing her back and neck pain.
Dr Ouyang Zhong, from Xiamen University’s 1st Hospital, said despite working as a doctor for more than a decade, he had never seen breasts as large as Mrs Lin’s.
“Her breasts hung even under the bellybutton,” he said.
In a desperate attempt to regain her life she underwent surgery to remove a stone of fatty tissue from her breasts and shrink them to a manageable C cup.
“The amount of fat removed weighs almost twice as much as an average newborn baby,” said Dr Zhong.
The medical term for giant breasts is gigantomastia, a form of a condition known as hypertrophy of the breast tissue.
It is a rare medical condition and is diagnosed where the breasts weigh more than three per cent of the total body weight.
The consequences of having large breasts can be devastating, ranging from crippling back pain, neck and arm pain to headaches, friction rash and a curvature of the spine.
It can cause stretching of the skin, which can sometimes lead to sores appearing.
Over time, the physical strain of the breasts can cause breathing problems.
Many women who have the condition suffer depression, lack of self-esteem and wellbeing.
Embarrassment can deter women from exercising, leaving them prone to health problems linked to obesity, including diabetes and heart disease.