Medical negligence: Woman set to sue face op doctor for £50m

Medical negligence: Woman set to sue face op doctor for £50m

A woman who was left with a facial twitch after a botched plastic surgery operation is set to sue her surgeon for more than £50 million compensation.

Businesswoman Penny Johnson claims her career as director of an IT firm was wrecked as a result of receiving severe nerve damage to her face.

The 49-year-old mother of three said she lost around £600,000 a year in earnings and still suffers “uncontrollable facial movement pain around the right eye and grimacing.” Medical opinion has stated this will probably have to be endured by her for the rest of her life.

Mrs Johnson seeks £54 million in damages from cosmetic surgeon, Dr Le Roux Fourie. She accuses him of trying to cover up his medical negligence.

Dr Fourie, 55, works in the UK, but is originally from South Africa. His practice is in Methley Park Hospital, near Leeds.

The High Court is currently hearing the case in what will be a ten-day trial. 

Should Mr Fourie lose the trial, it could leave him facing bankruptcy over the personal injury.

Mrs Johnson’s solicitor said the cosmetic surgeon, when made aware of his mistake on his patient, tried to tell his client it “would be OK”.

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