My facelift horror

By admin
03 June 2011

At the age of 41 Penny Johnson had everything she had ever wanted: an exciting career, a successful business practice with the man of her dreams and three loving children.

Only one thing bothered the British businesswoman – she felt she looked old and run-down.

Penny (now 49) decided to have an operation to remove the dark circles under her eyes and smooth out other small cosmetic issues.

But what should have put a spring in her step turned into the biggest nightmare of her life – one she is yet to wake from.

The procedure went wrong and her facial nerves have been so badly damaged the once bubbly brunette can’t speak clearly, drools and is unable to close her right eye completely. Her face has been permanently skewed.

She sued her South African-born surgeon, Dr Le Roux Fourie, who now has to pay her a whopping R68,3 million.

But no amount of money can make up for what she has lost.

“I don’t sleep,” she testified in court. “I have a permanent buzzing around my eye which can be so intense I can’t think about anything.”

The woman from Surrey in England, who before the operation managed a successful financial and IT consultancy business with her husband, says she can no longer cope with everyday things.

“I don’t want to do anything any more. My husband has a separate life with my son which I’m not included in. I can’t be a wife any more.”

She tearfully told the court Dr Fourie had performed “experimental surgery” on her. “He purposefully decided to play God with my life. I will never be able to move past what happened to me.”

Read the full article on Penny’s operation nightmare in YOU dated 9 June 2011.

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