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As dying wishes go, it’s got to be one of the more unusual.
But, Carol Stapleton made sure she honoured her mum’s last request by undergoing breast augmentation surgery, taking her from a B cup to an E cup.
Now aged 55, Carol had dreamed of having her breasts enlarged since she was a teen, but it wasn’t until her mum Joan bequeathed her £4,000 in her will with a stipulation that it must only be spent on breast surgery, that she was able to get the cleavage she’d always wanted.
According to the MailOnline, she went under the knife last summer at Transform Hospital in Brentwood and believes she even felt her mum’s presence in the operating theatre ‘I felt a warmth and a comfort despite the fact I was going for surgery – I knew it was Mum looking after me,’ she says.
Carol had felt self-conscious about her bust since the age of 15 but, with money always tight, she tried to put it out of her mind.
However, when her mum Joan was diagnosed with emphysema and her health began to deteriorate, she sat Carol down and told her exactly what she wanted her to do with her inheritance – spend it on breast surgery.
In March 2012, Joan succumbed to her illness, passing away from a chest infection just 24 hours after her former husband Sydney had died of pneumonia.
Carol was devastated to lose them both at once. But, she took solace in being able to carry out her mum’s dying wish.
She says she’s delighted with her new bust and claims her mum’s parting gift didn’t just buy her bigger breasts; it brought her greater happiness and confidence too.
‘Now every time I look in the mirror I think about mum, what a great way to remember her by,’ she adds.