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Woman's Belly Button 'Burst' On Flight
A woman received compensation after her belly button "erupted" on a flight following a botched tummy tuck operation, it has been revealed.
Patricia Jackson, 68, was returning from a holiday in Portugal in 2011 when her navel "unexpectedly burst" after the cosmetic surgery years earlier had gone "wrong", according to Fletchers Solicitors.
She was awarded £22,500 compensation earlier this year after she successfully sued the doctor responsible.
Mrs Jackson said: "The result of my case means that awareness has been raised and it can hopefully change patient care in the future."
Plastic surgeon Edgardo Schiavone had performed an abdominoplasty on Mrs Jackson when he worked at the Hospital Group in Birmingham in 2005, her lawyers said.
Surgeons had removed fat and spare skin from Mrs Jackson before tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall.
But after the procedure Mrs Jackson was told that they had not "created" a new belly button for her because there was not enough skin left over.
Some six years later, while she was on her way home from the Portugal holiday, Mrs Jackson noticed that there were blisters where her old belly button had been.
After her navel burst on the flight, doctors discovered Mrs Jackson's old belly button had been left inside her and she was forced to undergo another round of reconstructive surgery.
Jeanette Aspinall, head of medical negligence at Fletchers Solicitors, added: "This case highlights how easy it is for an everyday cosmetic surgery procedure, like a tummy tuck, to go wrong, both with the surgery itself and if the proper after-care is not administered.
"Mrs Jackson had the operation to gain confidence, and instead was subjected to years of pain and embarrassment."