A MUM says she has been left housebound because her 48J boobs won’t stop growing.
Fiona Hornby, from Bolton, watched in horror as her C-cup chest grew during puberty – leaving her breasts covered in painful sores, spots and purple rashes.
The 25-year-old can’t stand up for more than five minutes at a time because of her crippling back pain, meaning she’s trapped in her house, and struggles to find clothes which fit her.
Fiona, a payroll clerk, said: “My huge breasts have ruined my life. They have affected everything.
“My self-esteem has hit rock bottom, I can’t find any clothes that fit and can’t wear the same things as people my age.
“I have terrible back pains caused by the weight of my breasts. I can’t hoover or sleep properly.
“If I do washing up I have to take a break halfway through because the pain is terrible.
“I find it difficult to go out in public because people think I’ve got big boobs because I look fat. Some people have even asked if I have had a boob job as they’re that large.”
Fiona was diagnosed with a condition called macromastia, which causes abnormal enlargement of the breast tissue, in 2015.
She said: “Everything I wore put my boobs on show. When I was still in primary school I was a C-cup.
“I’d be called a ‘slag’ because it always looked like I was trying to show them off but I wasn’t, I just wanted to wear the same things as other girls.
“The pain can be horrendous. I once got really terrified because I was getting in the bath and I looked down and my breasts were purple.
“People say ‘I wish could swap with you’ but I say ‘you don’t,’.
“I once went to get a bra fitted and I went to the changing room and the lady in the fitting room turned to me and said ‘we don’t do your size’. It was very, very upsetting.”
The intense pain means Fiona barely sleeps and can’t go to the gym anymore.
She said: “When I’m in bed it’s like I’m suffocating. I can’t lie on my front because they’re too heavy.
“It’s like having a huge weight on my chest. Getting to sleep can be a real struggle sometimes.
“In 2013 I used to go to the gym and I weighed just seven-and-a-half stone but since my bust has continued to grow it has been impossible to work out.
“My boobs just didn’t stop growing and just got bigger and bigger and droopier and droopier.
“If I wanted to wear something the same size as other girls I’d have to get it at least five sizes up so the clothes would at least fit.
“I used to work in retail but I can’t stand up for long periods of time now so I need to have a desk job. If I go on a 25-minute walk, I’m just in absolute agony.
“I want people to understand how hard it’s been, I’ve put weight on because I can’t move properly because my boobs are so large. It’s a vicious circle.”
Fiona welcomed her first son William in November and says she struggles to care for her newborn because of her boobs.
She’s desperate to have life-changing breast reduction surgery but claims she has been told she can’t get it on the NHS, so she’s raising £5,500 for a private op instead.
She said: “I can’t hold my baby close to me because my boobs are so big I can’t even see him and he could suffocate.
I wasn’t able to breastfeed him as a baby. I was terrified I was going to suffocate him because I couldn’t hold him properly because i was having to hold my boobs. I couldn’t even see his face.
“If I had the operation I’d feel like a new person. I’d be starting life again, I’d be able to go shopping for blouses and clothes I’ve not been able to wear.
“I’ve considered moving to have the surgery because it seems like there’s no other option.
“Having the surgery will give me the ability to live normally.”
A spokesman for NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group said they were unable to comment on individual cases.