By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
'How the hell has this happened?' TOWIE star Lauren Pope has revealed her shock after being told she has the potentially dangerous PIP breast implants
The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren Pope has spoken of her shock at discovering she has potentially dangerous silicone breast implants.
The reality TV star said she received a late-night phone call from a member of her surgeon's staff to tell her her implants were made by PIP and that she may need an operation to remove them.
About 40,000 British women received PIP implants manufactured by French company Poly Implant Prostheses (PIP), which has now closed.
Augmentation: Now Lauren, seen here in 2006, might have to have another breast operation to remove the PIP implants
The implants were filled with non-medical grade silicone intended for use in mattresses. Ms Pope told ITV1's Tonight programme: "The lady that works for my surgeon rang me quite late at night.
'It was about 10pm when I got the call - and her phone number came up on my phone and I thought 'Oh God, it's not going to be good news'.
Danger: Around 40,000 people are in the same situation as Lauren with the implants
'She said "Just to let you know, you have got those implants. The English Government aren't saying you have to have them out yet, but the French are".
'Because I hadn't really paid attention, I didn't know whether it was really bad.
'So, straight away, my gut feeling was like "Oh my God, I'm going to have to have another boob job!"
She added: 'I just thought, like, how the hell has this happened?
'How can 40,000 women be in the same situation now, where we'll either not have an operation and keep them in us and think it might be fine, it might not?
'Or we have to now go and have another major operation that probably none of us really wanted in the first place.'
The Silicone Scandal: Tonight is on ITV1 at 7.30pm tomorrow.