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article image'Human Barbie' gives 7-year-old daughter liposuction gift

By Leigh Goessl     Jan 4, 2012 in Odd News
A U.K. mother has given her daughter the gift many seven-year-old girls dream of, a Barbie Doll.
However, the gift is not exactly the conventional Barbie Doll you'd think of sitting underneath the Christmas tree.
Seven-year-old Poppy Burge recently received a £7,000 ($10939.88) voucher for liposuction in her stocking. Earlier in the year, for her birthday, the little girl had already received a voucher for a future breast implant surgery.
Since she's not of age, her mother said these gifts were an investment, "in her future -- like saving money for her education," reported the Daily Mail.
Sarah Burge is obsessed with plastic surgery, and the 51-year-old mother is known as "The Human Barbie."
About the gift, "I put the voucher in her stocking - there's nothing wrong with that," Burge said, "She asks for surgery all the time. She wants to look good and lipo is one of those procedures that will always come in handy."
Dr. Manny Alvarez, in a FOX News report opens with, "Where do I even start with the most ridiculous news article of the new year?"
Alvarez talks about the risks associated with overdoing cosmetic surgery and also the concern Burge could possibly pass on a plastic surgery addiction to her daughter.
"As with most addictions, excessive reconstructive surgery comes with serious physical risks like wound breakdown, nerve damage, abnormal scar formation and chronic pain," Dr. Alvarez said. "I believe that plastic surgery should only be considered on patients that truly need it and have had an informed conversation with their physician, who should be fully accredited to receive these procedures."
According to Elana Pruitt, PlasticSurgery.com, the addiction factor is a real concern. Dr. Sydney Coleman says cosmetic surgery addiction can be caused by a medical condition called body dismorphic disorder (BDD).
“BDD affects both men and women and manifests as a preoccupation with an imagined physical defect or an exaggerated concern about a minimal defect,” said Dr. Coleman. “This can lead the patient to a plastic surgeon or dermatologist in an attempt to try to change the perceived defect.”
The Mayo Clinic describes BDD as a condition that is a "type of chronic mental illness" in where an individual compulsively thinks about flaws in their appearance; the flaw can be minor or even imagined.
Ultimately, the patient is never happy with the results and seeks out more and more surgery.
Reportedly Burge has spent over £500,000 ($781,420) on surgical enhancements on her own body and last year Digital Journal reported her other daughter, Hannah, was only 15 when she had her first Botox treatment, with the permission of her mother, of course.
So where does this leave young Poppy? A woman able to grow into her own confidence or to become someone rooted in the belief plastic surgery can cure all ills?
"I don’t know if Burge is looking for publicity, but she needs to understand that what she is doing could permanently damage her child, " Dr. Alvarez says. "Not only because this child could become another plastic surgery addict like her mother, but because one day, as an adult, she might go online and see exactly what her mother was doing to her at the age of seven and realize that her life and her future were not being protected."
About her gift, the Daily Mail reported young Poppy said, "I can't wait to be like Mummy with big boobs. They're pretty."
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