A model who spent more than £128,000 on two operations to lengthen her limbs has claimed that her ex-husband convinced her to undergo the surgeries.
Theresia Fischer, from Hamburg, Germany, went through the gruelling operations to add an extra 5.5 inches to her height.
She was previously 5 foot 6 inches tall, but after both operations she is now just under 6 feet tall.
The 31-year-old influencer has claimed that her ex-husband, Thomas Behrend, came up with the idea.
Speaking to radio station MDR Jump, the model claimed that he told her: ‘Theresia, you know I like big ladies. So I would really like this. You could get up to 14 centimetres more.
She was previously 5 foot 6 inches tall, but after both operations she is now just under 6 feet tall
‘[He would say] ‘you can’t do anything without me. You need me’
‘And if you are told that 20, 30, 60, 70 times – then you believe that you are nothing without him.’
She said she never knew leg lengthening surgeries existed before her ex’s proposal.
Theresia went under the knife for her first limb lengthening surgery aged 24 to extend her legs by 3.3 inches.
Doctors inserted adjustable telescopic rods into her shinbones and gradually cranked them until her legs were longer.
The model then had another operation last March to get her legs extended for the second time by a further 2.1 inches. The cost for both procedures combined came to more than £128,000
Theresia and Thomas first met in 2015 and announced they were separating last September, six months after her second operation.
The couple said their vows in front of millions, as they married on the finale of Germany’s Next Top Model in 2019.
Theresia is pictured here in 2021 before her second surgery, where she is more than 5 feet 9 inches tall
Doctors inserted adjustable telescopic rods into her shinbones and gradually cranked them until her legs were longer. Pictured: An X-Ray of her legs from the second operation in 2022
Surgery works by breaking at least two leg bones in half. Nails are then drilled into either end of each femur or tibia, which is slowly teased apart with magnets over weeks while it heals naturally, resulting in a longer bone. But it can leave patients in agony and wheelchair-bound during the process, with months of physiotherapy needed afterwards
At the time they stated that they wanted to keep the reasons for their separation private.
Theresia claims she would never have gone through with the operations if her former husband hadn’t pestered her.
She said: ‘I’ve never dealt with that before because I’ve always been happy with my body.’
She explained the surgery process to German paper Bild and said: ‘During the procedure, the shin bone is broken cleanly, the calf muscles are split and a telescopic rod is used in each case.
‘You stretch your lower legs independently by holding your knee with one hand and screwing your foot inward with the other hand until it clicks.
‘Ten clicks a day on each side bring an additional 0.5 millimetres (0.02 inches).’
She also told the outlet that she is ‘ashamed’ and regrets getting the surgery done. But the model is amazed she ever agreed in the first place.
She said: ‘I am ashamed because I consented to an operation that shouldn’t have had.’
The 31-year-old influencer has also claimed that her ex-husband, Thomas Behrend, came up with the idea. Pictures: On crutches with Thomas Behrend in April last year after her second operation
Theresia Fischer, from Hamburg, Germany, went through the gruelling operations to add an extra 5.5 inches to her height
Theresia is now back with Stefan, an old flame she has maintained contact with throughout the years. Pictured: The pair together
In 2019 – while she was still with Thomas – Theresia said: ‘My sex is better now!
‘I have become very flexible with my legs and have more room to manoeuvre in bed.’
After her second operation last year, she even revealed to German television channel RTL that she got the procedure to gain flexibility.
This is because ‘certain sex positions’ were not possible with the length of her legs back then, which was just over 5 feet 9 inches tall.
At the time, Theresia also claimed she went under the knife to boost her self-confidence because she was bullied as a teenager.
She said: ‘I now feel happy and satisfied with my legs, but I’m hit by a wave of hate on the Internet.
‘It hurts me a lot. With the leg-lengthening procedure, I found myself and finally overcame my old trauma from being bullied.’
Theresia has now rekindled her love with Stefan, an old flame she has maintained contact with throughout the years.
Theresia has 141,000 followers on Instagram, where she regularly shares what she is up to.
MailOnline have reached out to Thomas Behrend for a comment.