"Hopefully, I can get back to the old person who is outgoing and associates with nice people," Zien, 35, said. "I'm happy to move forward and leave this behind me."
"I'd love to educate people who want to get breast implants and what to look for in doctors," she added.
Her attorney Michael Treppa said that, in March 2002, Stompro tried inserting breast implants but when the procedure proved unsuccessful, he decided to use a different type that she had not OK'd.
Treppa said she underwent the surgery because she was having problems with her previous implants.
Zien said she had been convinced of Stompro's surgical ability in the beginning and requested a specific size. But as a result of the experience, Zien said she experienced psychological and emotional stress. She filed a civil lawsuit and spent four years dealing with the traumatic effects of the case, she said.
She also said her modeling career was ruined.
"It was a big letdown," she said. After the surgery, she said she was taking pain medications, dealing with digestive problems, and withdrawing from her friends.
"I thought I wasn't going to make it," she said. "It was a scary time in my life.
Everything spiraled downhill."
She said her family and God gave her strength to will herself through her struggles.
Despite the jury's decision, Stompro said Zien gave him consent to insert either set of implants. He said surgeons normally have available options during surgery. Stompro said that she filed suit because she was unhappy with the way she looked.
"People can claim anything when you are not happy," he said.
"I received a flood of calls from patients and doctors" in support of what he went through, he said.
Stompro said it's normal to spend two-and-a-half to four hours in a surgical procedure involving breast implants. He said the original implants she requested were too large.
"She woke up and wanted bigger implants," he said.
But Treppa said his claims were bogus.
"He still sticking with that story?" he asked. "The jury didn't believe his story. He didn't make it clear on what had to be done."
Treppa said if Stompra had expected to use alternative implants, he would have had them in the operating room but they were located in another room.
"He's trying to cover his tracks," he said.
Nonetheless, Stompro said he is going to appeal the court's decision.
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