A woman from the West Midlands has been left with a facial scar after a faulty dentist’s drill overheated and burned her lip. Jade Blinco, 24, claims she looks ‘like a monster’ and has had to leave her job at a nursery because she was scaring the children. Jade, an aspiring model, was at the hospital to have two wisdom teeth removed when the accident occurred and left her with a permanent scar.
Miss Blinco, from Bilston in the West Midlands, described the last three years as ‘horrendous’ and said that she has struggled to ‘come to terms with living with the horrific injury and scar’ that she has been left with. After she was put under general anaesthetic for the operation, she later woke up in ‘excruciating pain’ but was quickly put back to sleep using morphine without any explanation being provided. Jade later lamented that no modelling agencies would be interested in hiring her with a facial scar.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted that the injury should not have happened and compensation is being arranged out of court. A spokesman said ‘We are very sorry for the distress experienced by Miss Blinco. We apologised immediately after the incident in person and subsequently in writing to her… Since the incident we have changed all of our hand pieces ensuring that this issue will not occur again.’