Model scarred after dentist's drill overheated and melted her lip

Model scarred after dentist's drill overheated and melted her lip
Published: 2014 September 13 20:15:58 (11747 Views)
24-year-old Jade Blinco, an aspiring model, was scarred for life after a faulty dentist's drill overheated and melted her lip.

Jade suffered the injuries after she went to hospital to have her wisdom teeth removed.

But her dreams of pursuing a modelling career were dashed when she was left with a permanent scar following the procedure which happened on September 1, 2011.

Jade had gone to Birmingham City Hospital to have two of her lower wisdom teeth and an upper tooth removed when the tool being used in her mouth overheated.

NHS chiefs have now admitted the injury could have been prevented and are negotiating an out-of-court settlement.

Jade, from Bilston, West Mids., said: "The last three years have been horrendous as I have tried to come to terms with living with the horrific injury and scar I have been left with.

"I've always had a fear of dentists. I was scared of needles and sitting in the dentist's chair. But I never expected something like this could happen."

Jade continued: "Even though I'd been in pain for a few months with my wisdom teeth, eventually the pain got too much and I was admitted to hospital. I'd avoided it for so long but this was a last resort.

"The dentist explained what was going to happen and gave me a contract to read through and sign before the procedure. They were putting me under general anaesthetic so he mentioned that but he never said there was a risk I could get injured.

"As soon as I woke up I felt excruciating pain. The nurse came over and asked how much pain I was in, from one to ten, and I said nine-and-a-half. At this point I didn't know there was a burn."

Jade said she was given two doses of morphine which sent her back to sleep. It wasn't until she woke up again she realised the damage done.

She said: "When I came back round I wanted to see why my face hurt so much, but they wouldn't give me a mirror, in the end I had to take a picture on my phone.

"As soon as I saw the huge burn I went crazy. It looked disgusting. I was screaming for my mum and was taken to a separate unit because I was causing so much of a scene. They gave me burn cream and liquid morphine and sent me home that day.

"I just felt ugly, being a model I took a lot of pictures of myself and took care over my appearance, and suddenly I looked a monster. I've been told I may need plastic surgery to try and improve the appearance of my lip but it's likely I will never look the same as before."

Jade says she was even forced to give up her job as a nursery worker because her scar was scaring the children in her care.

She added: "I had been a nursery nurse for two-and-a-half years. I loved kids, had studied for this job at college and got mostly As and Bs in my exams.

"When I went back to the nursery to hand in my sick note, the kids were horrified by what had happened to me. They looked really distressed and scared. I walked out in tears and knew then, for definite, that I couldn't go back.

"No modelling agencies will take me any more with this scar."

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust have admitted full liability and Jade is now in line for a bumper payout.

A spokesperson for the NHS Trust said: "We are very sorry for the distress experienced by Miss Blinco.

"Since the incident we have changed all of our hand pieces ensuring that this issue will not occur again." 

Source - Mirror


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