This article was published on July 10th, 2013
A man has been awarded £10,000 in compensation from a hospital as the result of a claim for negligent dental work when he was a child.
The man sued University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust after they took 11 of his healthy teeth when he was eight without seeking parental permission.
His lawyers say the operation stunted the development of his mouth and resulted in him needing extensive corrective surgery as an adult.
The victim welcomed the payout but said he was still suffering from the after-effects of his ordeal.
He said: “I still can’t believe this happened to me. It’s affected my whole life and I am really self-conscious now.
“The compensation will help me do something about the damage they caused. I can’t wait to put it all behind me.”
His mother took him to the hospital in February 1999 after the family dentist recommended that he have a tooth removed.
On arrival the consultants said her son would need to have an extra tooth taken out as well and that he would have to be put under general anaesthetic because of his age.
She said: “When he came out of surgery with 11 teeth missing, I was not only furious with the consultants, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
“I just couldn’t understand how they could remove so many teeth without my consent.
“I was horrified.”
His lawyer commented “He was left with the majority of his teeth missing because of a serious breach of duty by the Trust.
“They did not put forward a reasonable explanation for their clinician’s wholly negligent action because there is no justification.
“The level of settlement reflects the severity of the consequences.
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