Life

By Sarah Francis


A young man has slammed his ‘Frankenstein-chest’ after a botched breast removal op left him without nipples.

Faolan Humphrey, 23, from Louisville, Kentucky hoped transgender chest reconstruction surgery would help align his identity to his body.

PIC BY FAOLAN HUMPHREY / CATERS NEWS

However, after removing his bandages, he was horrified to found multiple scars and skin pleating. Then, a week later, he lost both nipples to an infection.

His botched chest has knocked his confidence and left him believing ‘he’ll never be loved’.

PIC BY FAOLAN HUMPHREY / CATERS NEWS

The full-time student is hoping to raise funds to have corrective surgery so he can feel happy in his own skin.

Faolan said:”When it came to the big reveal it was a disaster.

“The doctor unveiled and I can only describe it has Franken-chest.

PIC BY FAOLAN HUMPHREY / CATERS NEWS

“It was mess. It look liked I’d been in some accident.

“There’s still a lot of breast tissue that wasn’t removed and the areolas are a mess.

“I try to avoid looking in mirror as it makes me feel so crappy.

“I have to wear baggy shirts, otherwise people see it pushing through like deformed boobs. It looks awful.”

Faolan started taking hormones in September 2015 and viewed top surgery as the next stage in his female to male transition.

He said:”Having breast is uncomfortable to say the least, it’s hard to explain. Having them removed was part of the process.”

After researching surgeons he booked his op for July 12 2016.

PIC BY FAOLAN HUMPHREY / CATERS NEWS

He said:”The surgeon insisted on this new procedure which turned out to be a breast reduction.

“I showed him what I wanted but he said to trust him and that it would look good.

“I have no medical knowledge and he’d been doing this for thirty years so in the end I went with it.

“I was terrified about the surgery as I’d never had major surgery and the night before I barely slept.

“Afterwards I was just so happy they were gone.

PIC BY FAOLAN HUMPHREY / CATERS NEWS

“I couldn’t see anything because I was bandaged up but I thought everything went well – everyone said it went well. There wasn’t any unusual pain.”

However, three days later he went back for a check-up he realised something was clearly wrong.

Faolan said: “It wasn’t healing like the doctor said it would.

“He said I was overreacting and I needed to wait a year for it to heal properly but it’s been nearly a year and it hasn’t changed.”

A week later, when Faolan ended up in ER with severe pain, he was told by medics his wounds were infected and given antibiotics.

He added: “That was when they told me I had lost both nipples, I was destroyed. That’s the last thing that you want to happened.

“Now it doesn’t bother me so much but at the time, when I had been so happy about having the surgery it just seemed so unfair.”

Faolan is currently working two part-time jobs, on top of his studies, to fund corrective surgery with a different surgeon.

To donate to his cause, visit here.