Botched operation leaves woman unable to shut her eyes

Botched operation leaves woman unable to shut her eyes
Published: 2015 June 14 11:52:24 (7268 Views)
A surgeon in the UK has left a mother of two unable to close her eyes – even when she sleeps – after a cosmetic operation in 2012 went 'terribly wrong'.

Dawn Knight was sold a 'lifetime aftercare package' by The Hospital Group, the celebrity-endorsed private medical chain that arranged the £3,500 surgery at their Dolan Park clinic in Birmingham.

The Hospital Group have not stepped in to help repair the damage, despite the fact that the 47-year-old now suffers vision problems and fears she may lose her sight altogether.

Her Italian surgeon, Mr Arnaldo Paganelli, claims to be bankrupt and does not hold UK insurance, and due to there being no possibility of pursuing compensation, Dawn has been forced to drop legal action against him.

However the clinic, which lists BBC television presenter and singer Marvin Humes, Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner and reality star Kerry Katona among its clients, is still advertising his services.

Even more shockingly, he remains licensed by the General Medical Council (GMC), the body that regulates all doctors practising in the UK, meaning it is perfectly legal for him to continue operating on British patients.

Dawn's MP is to demand answers from the Department of Health, saying: 'A plumber would face tougher regulations.'



The GMC say a doctor can be registered with them as long as they hold 'insurance and suitable indemnity arrangements to cover potential liabilities', as required by the Care Quality Commission. But this need not be with a British company.

In a letter to Dawn's former lawyers, clinical negligence specialists Irwin Mitchell, Paganelli admitted: 'In the past my Italian insurance company has always... refused to intervene or cover me. I will contact them to see if they will make an exception in this case but it is unlikely.'

In her contract with them, it also states it is the patient's responsibility to check their surgeon is GMC-registered and holds insurance.

Dawn has been examined by a number of doctors since her blepharoplasty – or eye-lift – in 2012. They agree the operation was botched and she now has to sleep with her eyes open.

Dawn must apply 'artificial tear' eye drops every two hours to minimise her pain. The damage to her left eye is extensive, and she tapes it closed at night on the advice of her ophthalmologist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, to prevent more damage.

While sleeping, she also uses a thick ointment in both eyes, which leaves her unable to see until it is washed out in the morning.

When asked for comment on Dawn's case, The Hospital Group and Mr Paganelli failed to respond.

Dawn has been told skin grafts to replace the lost tissue in her eyelids are an option, but said: 'The Hospital Group has done nothing to help me and fobbed me off. They need to take responsibility. I regret ever having trusted them.'



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