Aspiring 23-year-old model Jade Blinco from Bilston was admitted to Birmingham City Hospital to have an upper tooth and two wisdom teeth removed under general anaesthetic. When she woke up in pain, she wanted to see why her face hurt, but staff refused to give her a mirror, so she took a photo on her phone. She said, “Eventually the nurse came and finally let me know that I had a burn. She said the doctor who did my operation was going to talk to me, but I wasn’t interested in what he had to say. He didn’t even apologise to me.”
Miss Blinco was sent home later that day with liquid morphine and burn cream. She says although she signed a contract before her surgery, the dentist never mentioned any risk of injury. After the hospital burn, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust has apologised to Miss Blinco, who is now working with her solicitor to obtain a settlement. It is hoped this will cover the cost of treatment to reduce her scarring as well as cover her loss of earnings.
Miss Blinco’s injuries were completely unnecessary and action should have been taken to protect patients. She was working as a nursery nurse before the operation but had aspirations to pursue a modelling career. She has been told plastic surgery may improve the appearance of the burn, but it’s unlikely that she will look as she did before.
Injured during surgery?
Surgical errors are more common than you might think. Although most hospitals carry out surgery to very high standards, there is always margin for error, and it can take something as simple as the wrong equipment being used or a doctor or surgeon being tired for things to go wrong. If you have been injured as the result of a surgical error – for example, if you have been left scarred like the patient in the above story, or if you have been left in pain, you may be able to claim compensation.
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