A PENSIONER has stated that he has not been able to close his eyes for THREE YEARS because of the unsuccessful surgery.
Pete Broadhurst, 79, spent £11,000 on a cosmetic procedure to correct his puffy cheeks in 2019.
Even after corrective surgery, he cannot close his left eye.
Pete puts bandages on his eyes at night so he can sleep and uses eye drops 8 times a day to prevent them from drying out.
He said he looked “scary” when his eyes remained open even when he wanted to close them.
The pensioner argues that his looks have cost him his relationships.
Pete, a retired painter and decorator, has warned others about the dangers of surgery.
He said: “One day, getting on the bus, a man said, ‘God, what happened to your face?’.
“I was feeling frustrated and it just made it worse.
“Now I just worry about how to make my eyes comfortable.
“It’s beyond my looks. I just want relief. I want to tell others to be careful because it can ruin your life.”
Pete’s problems began in 1959, when he went to class 3 occlusion to correct a tooth problem that caused his cheeks to sag.
He said: “I have puffy cheeks. Years ago I was in a relationship with a girl and we had two children and she left me.
“I said, ‘why are you leaving when we’ve got everything? Look how lucky we are. ”
I look like I’ve been beaten. It was horrible, and I couldn’t close my eyes.
“And she said, ‘look in the mirror, that’s why I left’.”
After two more distant relationships, where his insecurities about his appearance grew, Pete decided he wanted to undergo corrective surgery.
So in 2018, the father of two, from Four Oaks, Birmingham, decided he was going to have the procedure done.
He went to BMI The Priory hospital and was quoted £11,000 to undergo a neck lift, blepharoplasty and rhinoplasty.
He was told this would help reduce the size of his cheeks.
And, on January 24, 2019, he underwent the 9-hour procedure and was discharged the next day.
Pete said: “I looked beaten up. It was horrible and I couldn’t close my eyes.
“I was sick all night and in my sleep.
“The day after the surgery, I wished I’d never left.”
Pete said he was vomiting and unable to urinate but only considered it normal after the impact of the surgery.
The following Monday, after being discharged from the hospital, Pete was fitted with a catheter, which he initially thought had something to do with his prostate.
But he now believes his problems urinating is because he spent a long time under general anesthesia which left him unable to go to the bathroom.
He returned to the hospital two weeks after surgery to get stitches, and told doctors his eyes were very stingy and watery.
But Pete claims that they told him all is normal and the side effects will pass.
He then went to Good Hope Hospital on March 23, 2019 for a routine prostate exam.
But the doctor noticed his damaged eyes and he was later referred to the Birmingham and Midland Eye Center.
There, they told him that his eyes didn’t close completely when he blinked or when he slept.
And said this is a common complication from eyelid surgery called ectropion.
However, the doctors there were unable to individually treat him because he had the initial surgery, so he went back to his BMI.
His surgeon arranged a free corrective surgery at BHI Parkside for a skin graft to help the skin on his cheek touch his eyelid.
He underwent an hour-long surgery on May 13, 2019.
However, more than two years later, Pete claims he still cannot close his left eye.
“My eyes are distorted, I can barely see anything,” he said.
“I can’t see and I still have to wear bandages at night.”
My eyes are distorted, I can barely see anything. I can’t see and I still have to put on a bandage at night.
Pete was prescribed eye drops to take eight times a day and was told to microwave a towel to wrap around his eyes while he slept.
His eyesight is now so poor that he cannot drive a car or see people’s facial expressions, and he has had to give up his hobby of shooting because he cannot see his target.
All private hospitals have since refused to offer any more surgeries as they could aggravate his vision problems and the NHS has had a lengthy waiting list annual.
So Pete had to go abroad, costing another £7,000 for lower eyelid surgery at Mono Clinic in Turkey.
He sees the surgery advertised in the papers as where Katie Price is going, and will return there later this year for a follow-up procedure.
Pete said: “My left eye is still open to this day. Whoever you trust, even a top surgeon, be careful because it can ruin your life.”
A BMI Healthcare spokesperson said: “We cannot comment on the details of each specific case, but we are committed to following the highest standards of quality of care and patient safety and safety. are investigating this matter thoroughly.
“The surgeon in question is currently suspended as we are reflecting the suspension of the NHS trust.”
Lindsey Sharp, from BHI Parkside, said: “BHI does not provide healthcare. It provides space for the NHS, private consultants and other healthcare professionals to carry out services. services they are qualified to provide.”
Pete’s surgeon at BHI Parkside declined to comment because she cannot share confidential information about the patient.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8214635/botched-operation-havent-close-eyes-years/ I spent £11,000 on an unsuccessful surgery on my puffy cheeks…but I haven’t been able to close my eyes for THREE YEARS