Laney Mesa-Gillman, a student at University of Canterbury Christ Church, Gravesend, has refused NHS breast reduction for the second time because of her weight


A college student who suffers constant pain from her $32,000 boobs is raising money for private surgery after being turned down a second time because of her weight.

Laney Mesa-Gillman, 20, was devastated when she was told she would lose three stones before she could be considered for NHS surgery.

Laney Mesa-Gillman was turned down for breast reduction on the NHS

She suffered for years from pain in her back, as well as in her ribs and shoulders after developing large breasts at a young age. By the time she reached her late teens, her cup size had reached K.

The Gravesend resident says the pain is so bad she has trouble getting out of bed on some days.

“Back pain never ends,” she added. “I have sores under my breasts which are incredibly uncomfortable.

“I have bumps on my shoulders where my bra straps go in, and they never go away.”

Laney, who is studying at Canterbury, first contacted her GP in March last year to ask about a breast reduction.

Laney suffered from back pain for years after developing large breasts at a young age
Laney suffered from back pain for years after developing large breasts at a young age

She was told she should go on a diet to bring her BMI (body mass index) down to 27.

BMI is an approximate measure of how overweight or underweight a person is, calculated by dividing their weight in kilograms by the square of their height in meters.

Laney said losing that much weight would be “almost impossible” for her.

“I’m pretty active already, taking my 10,000 steps a day, working out three times a week, and eating healthy,” she said.

“Most of my weight comes from my chest. I can’t exercise properly because my chest is too big.”

Laney was told to go on a diet and reduce his BMI to 27
Laney was told to go on a diet and reduce his BMI to 27

The Saint George School alumnus added, “I didn’t have self-esteem issues before that. I was quite a confident person. But now I can’t look at myself in the mirror without see what I was told. The nurse was very unfriendly, she didn’t care.”

Despite feeling devastated, the Canterbury Christ Church University student refused to give up. She lost 6kg and, after moving, tried again with another GP.

This time, she said the response was much more sympathetic. She was put on a weight loss program and referred to a specialist.

But three weeks ago she received a letter saying she had again been turned down for surgery because of her weight.

“I cried my eyes out,” she said. “I only felt anger. They said I met all the other criteria but my BMI was still too high.”

Laney says she's in constant pain
Laney says she’s in constant pain

The NHS states that a patient’s BMI must be 27 and stable for at least 12 months before breast reduction surgery.

A spokesperson for NHS Kent and the Medway Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Clinical decisions are always made in the best interests of the patient after considering the risks and benefits.

“The referral and treatment criteria are evidence-based and on this occasion the patient did not meet the eligibility criteria.

“If a patient does not meet the eligibility criteria for treatment or is not normally funded, a GP or consultant can apply for individual funding. Details of how to do this can be found at our website.”

Laney has now decided to try and raise the £8,000 needed to pay for the operation privately.

Laney has now set up a fundraising page
Laney has now set up a fundraising page

She created a GoFundMe donation page and is selling paintings she created to raise additional funds.

Writing on her page, she said: “I’m 20 and I find it difficult to do even the simplest of tasks, for this reason I raise funds but not for aesthetic reasons.

“I need this reduction based on the constant agony in my back from carrying the two extra stones on my chest.

“Some days it hurts even to get out of bed, I feel like my lower back is slowly deteriorating and my upper back and shoulders are unable to bear the weight.

“The effect not only causes physical side effects, but also destroys my mental health.”

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Laney is also sharing her story on her Instagram page @LaneyFaithMesa to raise awareness and help other women like her.


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