charming witness Irish-born community worker (71) wins €15k pay-out after botched laser therapy
Eleanor Botwright, who won an MBE for her community work in 2017, was left with weeping skin and scarring to the cheeks and mouth
An Irish-born beautician has won a £12,630 (€15,000) pay-out by a court that heard how she had her face burned with a laser in a botched bid to remove a wrinkle.
Eleanor Botwright (71) was left burned and scarred by the laser therapy after beautician Nara Simonyan spotted an unsightly “line” on her face during a previous consultation.
Ms Botwright, who won an MBE for her community work in 2017, was left with weeping skin and scarring to the cheeks and around her mouth after the 40-minute laser session in April 2016.
Mrs Botwright, of Hammersmith, west London, sued Ms Simonyan for negligent treatment.
The total award includes cover for special creams to help combat the effects of the sun on Mrs Botwright's fair complexion, and to "camouflage" any lingering traces of scar damage.
She was handed the pay-out of £12,630 by Judge Heather Baucher following the court hearing while the beautician was also hit with £40,000 in court costs.
Central London County Court heard that Mrs Botwright had the treatment after Ms Simonyan spotted the blemish at a clinic in Acton.
“She drew attention to a line around my mouth and said that she had just the treatment for it,” Ms Botwright told Central London County Court.
She described to the judge how she began feeling “uncomfortable” soon after the treatment started, with the main affected area being above her lip.
Ms Simonyan assured her that any “redness” from the lasering would disappear within ten days, but soon afterwards Ms Botwright said her face started to “weep” and felt “very tender”.
She added that the treatment had left her with scarring and discoloured skin around her mouth.
A specialist doctor who examined her reported that the lasering caused “a burn which led to permanent depigmentation”.
The judge who described Mrs Botwright as a “charming witness” said she had been completely honest about the effects of the botched treatment.
“Mrs Botwright did not seek to exaggerate or emphasise anything inappropriately,” the judge said, adding that photos taken soon after the clinic trip had highlighted the damage done to Mrs Botwright's face.
“I don't consider these scars are distinctive,” the judge added, having examined Ms Botwright close-up in court.
“She may say that she can see it but that's probably because it's her face.”
As well as the compensation pay-out, Ms Simonyan was also ordered to pick up the £40,000 bill for the legal costs of the case.
Mrs Botwright had worked as a community leader for over 30 years before retiring in 2019.
She had headed up Camden's Castlehaven Community Association as well as raising over £17 million for local area causes.
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