Clinical negligence compensation of £250,000 has been awarded to a children's author and illustrator who was left with visual issues after botched laser eye surgery.
According to the Daily Mail, Jan Fearnley - who has written tales such as Mr Wolf's Pancakes, Milo Armadillo and The Baby Dragon Tamer - now has blurred vision and scarring after undergoing the procedure at the Ultralase Clinic in Guildford, Surrey, in April 2005.
The 47-year-old subsequently took legal action but, even though ophthalmologist Dr Haralabos Eleftheriadis was found guilty of misconduct five years ago, has only just received damages for her ordeal.
Ms Fearnley explained that Dr Eleftheriadis rejected her claims that she was suffering with blurred vision after the operation on the basis she was probably "imagining" this problem.
"The scarring on my eye is something I am aware of every waking hour of every day. Every conscious moment, I am staring through a scar," she added.
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Posted by Francesca Witney