'Nine-minute' boob job gone wrong: Surgeon sued for giving woman 'lopsided' breasts
A young woman is suing a plastic surgeon for damages after claiming he left her with lopsided bosoms in a breast-enlargement operation that allegedly lasted only nine minutes.
Caroline Shaw says she was left severely distressed and embarrassed after suffering a “significant deformity” to her left breast as a result of Saifuddin Khan’s rushing her surgery.
Mr Khan denies her claim, saying the operation lasted for 25 minutes and that the lopsided appearance of her bosoms is a risk of breast-augmentation surgery.
Miss Shaw, 23, from south London, underwent the procedure at the Riverside Hospital in Brentford, west London, at the age of 19, after Mr Khan told her she was “a good candidate” for the surgery and was likely to end up with a 34in C to D cup bust.
But she claims she suffered severe “psycho-sexual distress” as a result of the operation and is demanding up to £50,000 in damages.
She told the Telegraph: “I had the operation done because I had no chest at all and I was quite self-conscious about it. I wanted them for my self confidence, I wanted to look nice, but that’s not what happened.
"I’m always conscious of the fact they are lopsided. It’s embarrassing.”
Miss Shaw claims in a High Court writ that her left breast has a “significant deformity” with an overall appearance “that is rarely, if ever, encountered in any state of natural development”.
She alleges that the “degree of asymmetry and abnormality... is an outcome that no reasonably competent medical practitioner would have caused, especially given [my] lack of any pre-existing asymmetry”.
She says she cannot afford the corrective surgery she would need to repair the damage.
“I’ve been advised I’ll need three other operations to put it right, but I can’t afford that. I spent £4,100 on the first operation. That’s why I’m taking legal action,” she said.
Her writ claims that was taken into the operating theatre at 11.32am and transferred to the recovery ward at 11.41am, nine minutes later.
Miss Shaw claims that taking such a short amount of time meant he could not have obtained satisfactory access to ensure the implants were safely inserted.
She said: “Mr Khan and the hospital didn’t seem to take any responsibility for what happened to me. Instead they seemed to blame my body for what went wrong.
“I’m going through with this because I wouldn't want this to happen to anyone else and some people might not have the strength to take it to court.”
But Miss Shaw, who has a responsible job in transport infrastructure, said she has refused to be ground down by what happened to her.
“I’m quite an optimistic person and I’ve not allowed to to impact on my life too much or to let it get me down,” she said.
“Sometimes I have a good cry, but I’m not going to let what Mr Khan did defeat me. I’m getting married next year. I’ve found a man who knows me and loves me for what I am.”
Mr Khan says he carried out the surgery with reasonable care and skill and that Miss Shaw’s breasts were asymmetrical beforehand. He says he fully explained the risks and complications to her, including the risk of permanent asymmetry.
He says her breasts were cosmetically satisfactory in the days after surgery but that she subsequently suffered a recognised complication.
Mr Khan is currently allowed to practice in the UK, but, unconnected with this matter, he has had several conditions imposed on him by the General Medical Council (GMC) the medical profession’s regulatory body.
As part of these he must inform the GMC of his current place of employment and keep the organisation informed of any new job before he starts work.
Transform, the private healthcare firm which runs Riverside Hospital, said: “We cannot comment on individual cases, but we are committed to providing the highest standards of clinical care for patients.”