Hershey — who was trying to achieve fame for having the largest breasts in the world and has had over 30 plastic surgeries — was plagued by severe infections and high fevers after her most recent implant surgery in Brazil in June 2010.
Because implants as large as Hershey's are illegal in the U.S., the Brazilian-born Houston, Tex., resident went to her home country earlier this year for the surgery.
But after the operation, Hershey became seriously ill and has since been closely monitored by a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Ron Bucek, and an infectious disease expert, Dr. Shazia Gill, in Texas.
Before Thursday’s surgery to remove the implants, Bucek performed two other operations to help drain the infected areas, and a special vacuum had been suctioning the infection from Hershey's body 24 hours a day for months.
“It’s the only thing that has saved my life, to be honest," Hershey said of the device, though she added that it was “annoying” and “heavy.”
In a pre-surgery interview, Hershey said she was finally ready for all four implants — two in each breast — to be removed.
“I decided to go smaller — a lot smaller. I just want a normal size like a normal housewife has,” she said. …