"I remember waking up at this hospital saying, 'Am I alive? ... Do I have boobs?' " said Amy Rickhuss

By Jacqueline Andriakos
Updated February 04, 2015 06:15 PM
Credit: Courtesy Amy Rickhuss

A 20-year-old Australian woman went into cardiac arrest while getting breast implants, but is happy to be alive.

Amy Rickhuss was undergoing a breast augmentation procedure at The Cosmetic Institute at Parramatta on Friday when she had a heart attack due to a reaction to the anesthesia, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“I remember waking up at this hospital saying, ‘Am I alive,’ or something. ‘Do I have boobs, are they there?'” she told the newspaper the day after the procedure.

Rickhuss’s heart stopped while she was lying on the table as doctors worked on the left implant. The clinic then called an ambulance and had her moved to Westmead Hospital in Sydney where she was given CPR and defibrillation shock and regained consciousness.

“The only thing I ever wanted was to have my boobs and I’ve got them – I should be grateful for them now,’ she told Australian TV show The Project after the ordeal.

Rickhuss, who said she has wanted implants ever since she was young, hopes her experience won’t discourage other people from having cosmetic surgery.

“I don’t want this to scare other girls,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Every surgery has a risk.”