A wannabe glamour model who had a £4,800 tax payer-funded breast enlargement, says she plans to sue the NHS for making them too big and thus “ruining her life”.
Josie Cunningham went from a size 32A to a 36DD following the surgery at St James’ Hospital in Leeds in January.
Despite speaking of her new-found confidence after the operation, the 23-year-old now says she was rushed through the surgery and is seeking compensation for clinical negligence and emotional distress.
“I’m going to take them for every penny”, the mother-of-two exclusively told The Sun.
“I want in excess of £10,000. Anything I can get over that is a bonus,” she added.
The hospital told the newspaper it would be “inappropriate” to comment on Cunningham’s case.
The part-time sales assistant was greeted with a barrage of abuse for earlier thanking Britain’s taxpayers after going under the knife, claiming: “I couldn’t have done it without you”.
Posing topless for the first time in The Sun in March, she added: “I could never have felt so confident about showing off my body if it wasn’t for the support I’ve had from the NHS.”
Yet despite initially claiming she had been “inundated” with further offers to model, Cunningham revealed she is not happy with her new bust and wants smaller implants.
Speaking earlier this month, she told Closer Magazine: “They’re making my working life difficult. They’re so big I find them embarrassing and I don’t feel I can do any modelling because they’ve attracted so much negative attention.”
Cunningham, who says she has a medical condition which means she had no natural breast tissue, had hoped to be “the next Katie Price”.
But her NHS-funded glamour modelling aspirations appeared to fall flat, with online commenters variously branding her “a despicable insect”, “ignorant”, “ugly” and “deluded”.
A spokesman for the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “This is a waste of NHS cash and taxpayers will be stunned that they have been landed with the bill.
“The NHS is there for people with serious medical needs, not as a means of helping wannabes who fancy a career in modelling.
“NHS bosses must not allow the system to be manipulated by people wanting cosmetic surgery merely to enhance their career prospects.”
According to the NHS, just over 10,000 women had breast implant surgery in 2011 for cosmetic purposes.