Sunday 20 August 2017

Burns mum is shocked clinic still in business

Denise Byrne. Photo: Collins Courts
Denise Byrne. Photo: Collins Courts
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A childcare worker whose legs and thighs were burned in a botched laser bikini treatment has expressed horror the clinic behind the incident is still taking bookings.

Denise Byrne told the Circuit Civil Court her life had been seriously impacted following a €600 course of laser treatments at Havana Therapy in Dundrum, Dublin. Evidence was heard that her solicitor Elizabeth Howard had been led to believe the company had gone into liquidation.

However, when the Irish Independent contacted the company, workers said they are still carrying out laser treatment in its three Dublin clinics. A female staff member confirmed the Dundrum branch is still providing the service.

Ms Byrne, a mother-of-four, said she was upset to learn the company was still taking bookings. She said: "I just think that they think they can get away with it. They didn't bother to show up for court. It's very upsetting that they are allowed to keep bookings."

Ms Byrne (38) said she paid Havana €600 for six sessions of laser treatment to remove hairs from her legs and bikini line. Following the fourth session her legs and thighs began to burn. Throughout her ordeal Ms Byrne revealed that nobody ever said "sorry".

Last Friday, she was awarded damages of €15,000 and costs against Havana Therapy. The judge also made an order for special damages of €848 which includes €600 she paid for the treatments and also for creams and medication.

Denise Byrne suffered burns to her legs following laser treatment that went wrong. Photo: Collins Courts
Denise Byrne suffered burns to her legs following laser treatment that went wrong. Photo: Collins Courts

According to company records Havana Therapy Ltd is run by Keith Hogan (32) and Gary Hogan (57). The directors did not respond to calls or emails requesting comment.

Irish Independent

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