Surgeon admits negligence in op

7 december 2004.'Plastic surgeon Le Roux Fourie at Methley Park Hospital, Methley.
7 december 2004.'Plastic surgeon Le Roux Fourie at Methley Park Hospital, Methley.

A WOMAN was awarded £6m compensation after an operation by a Wakefield plastic surgeon left her with a permanent facial twitch.

Dr Le Roux Fourie, of Wakefield, admitted negligence at London’s High Court after he carried out a facelift on businesswoman Penny Johnson at Methley Park Hospital, near Leeds, in 2003.

Mrs Johnson, 49, of Surrey, originally sued Dr Fourie for £54m claiming her life had been “devastated” after the operation and her once successful company had gone bust.

His legal team admitted liability but disputed it caused Mrs Johnson’s financial losses and the amount of compensation due to her.

At a preliminary hearing, Alain Choo-Chou QC, for Dr Fourie, said her business problems could have been caused by a number of other factors, including the general financial downturn, and the surgeon should not be held liable for the huge losses Mrs Johnson claims to have suffered.

On Monday High Court judge Mr Justice Owen awarded her £6,190,884 total damages against the surgeon, including £80,000 for her “pain, suffering and loss of amenity” and almost £6m for her past and future loss of earnings.

He said: “She was formerly a confident, happy and outstandingly successful woman with a full and rewarding family and social life”.

The court heard that Mrs Johnson had visited Mr Fourie’s clinic in August 2003 seeking minor plastic surgery. Mr Fourie proposed more radical alternatives including a major face lift, surgery to her forehead and eyes, and replacement of her breast implants.

Mr Fourie worked at Pinderfields Hospital from 1993, where he established a breast reconstructive surgery service. He joined Methley Park Hospital part-time during the same year, but went full-time in 2008.