'My boobs are agony!' Girl, 17, says 34K breasts are ruining her life – but faces four-year wait to have them reduced
Puberty is a tough time for teenage girls. Whether developing too quickly or too slowly, their changing shape can be a source of much anguish.
Spare a thought then for Ellie Jaycock, who at just 17 years of age has size 34K breasts.
She has been diagnosed with a rare condition that causes breasts to develop at a rapid pace from the onset of puberty.
Rare: Ellie Jaycock, 17, suffers from juvenile macromastia, a condition that causes rapid breast growth
Now Ellie, a student from East Looe, Cornwall, is desperate to have surgery to reduce the size of her breasts, saying they are causing crippling back pain.
But doctors have refused to operate until she is 21 and has stopped growing.
Ellie, who is 5ft 4in and weighs nine and a half stone (one stone of which is her breasts), says that her breasts haven't changed for nine months – but doctors still refuse to operate.
She is a slim size 10 but has to wear size 18 tops to accommodate her bust, which causes her constant pain – and have contributed to a massive loss of confidence.
'My boobs are ruining my life,' she says in an interview with Closer magazine. 'Girls call me a slag and people scream, “Who do you think you are, Jordan” I don't know how I'll cope until I'm 21.'
At first, Ellie's breasts seemed to be developing normally and she bought her first bra, a size 34B, when she was 12 years old.
Bullied: Ellie was taunted by classmates, who called her Tittie Tania, and by strangers who called her slag
But from then on, Ellie's bust began to increase in size dramatically.
At 13, her breasts grew from a C-cup to a DD-cup during the summer holidays. She began to suffer sharp pains in her breasts as well as crippling shoulder and backache.
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Painful: Ellie suffers chronic back and shoulder pain owing to her breasts, which weigh around a stone, but doctors refuse to operate until she is 21
At 15, Ellie and her family pleaded with doctors to allow her to have her H-cup breasts reduced.
But because of the likelihood of her body changing further, Ellie was told she had to go on the NHS waiting list until she was 21.
that performing surgery too soon could cause harm to her breasts, possibly damaging milk ducts and making breastfeeding difficult in the future.
The operation would cost 7,000 privately – a price Ellie, who is now studying hotel management at college, can not afford.
And while Ellie has left the school bullies behind, she is still attracting unwelcome attention.
She tells Closer that she recently had to leave a work placement in a restaurant after she found a cartoon of herself in the staff room that said “her husband will never need pillows.”'
Her troubles do not end there. Ellie says she finds it hard to meet boys, because she gets suspicious about their motives for approaching her.
She struggles to find underwear to fit – and has even gone to the lengths of requesting via Facebook that Bravissimo, a lingerie brand that caters for women with larger breasts, open a branch of their shop in the South West.
'I just feel it's unfair that no one will help me,' she says. 'At least girls with flat chests can use special bras to boost their busts – but I can't hide my boobs.'
The interview can be read in full in this week's Closer magazine.