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A 27-year old woman living in agony because of the size of her boobs claims to have been repeatedly denied a breast reduction by the NHS over an ongoing 12-year battle.
Jenna Todd, from Glasgow, says she has had more than 100 appointments at the doctors in a desperate effort to solve chronic back pain caused by her breasts.
But despite begging medical professionals for a life-changing reduction op, Jenna says doctors continue to fob her off.
She claims they've continued to tell her that her chest will get smaller if she carries on losing weight - despite her already petite frame of 5ft 6 inches and 9st 9lbs.
Jenna, who's 32GG boobs have caused her problems since the age of 13, says she has been the target of lots of jokes because of her chest and went on to develop the eating disorder of bulimia after doctors told her the pain she was experiencing was "all in her head".
"I went to the doctors with my mum when I was 16 to describe how I was feeling, the pain in my back and that I was getting bullied badly at school," said Jenna.
"But the doctor said I was too young for major surgery and even said some girls would kill to be in my situation.
"He said I should try and lose some weight and it should reduce the size of my chest."
But, despite dropping down to 8st 5lbs between the ages of 17 and 18, Jenna's chest stayed the same.
"I lost over two stone and never dropped a cup size - it was like I couldn't do anything right," she said.
Jenna was finally referred to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to see a plastic surgeon but was told to talk to a psychiatrist first, who, after half-an-hour, decided Jenna had body dysmorphia.
"I was denied the surgery because they claimed I had body dysmorphia, yet they didn't offer me any help or counselling for it," said Jenna.
"The next two years I was back and forward to the doctor saying the same thing about my back pain, but he only ever offered me a constant supply of painkillers."
During this time, Jenna developed bulimia - an eating disorder in which you binge eat and then purge the food you have consumed.
"I suffered on and off with bulimia until I was 25 and never got any help from anyone other than my mum and dad. At my lowest, I was about 8st," she said.
Jenna was referred back to Glasgow Royal Infirmary at 21 and says this time got to meet the plastic surgeons. But despite taking pictures of Jenna's breasts, they refused surgery saying her body is in "perfect proportion".
But Jenna, who struggles to find bras to fit her, begs to differ.
"I just want to have a day where I have no pain and don't change my outfit over and over again because I can't hide my chest without making myself look larger," she said.
A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said about the matter: "The NHS does not undertake procedures which are requested for cosmetic reasons.
"Breast reduction is performed in very specific circumstances. This patient was reviewed by the vetting panel and unfortunately did not meet these criteria."
Words: Megan Walsh
Featured Image Credit: SWNS
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