A young woman’s eye tattoo went horribly wrong, leaving her blind, according to evidence presented in court in Poland.
The artist who mishandled the procedure has now been fined by the court.
In April 2017, Aleksandra Sadowska visited a Warsaw, Poland, tattoo parlor she discovered online to have the whites of her eyes inked in black.
She informed the local media at the time of the tattooing that she had always desired tattooed eyes since she felt they complemented her features.
However, it was reported that the careless tattoo artist, who was only given the name Piotr A. in court, used an ink that was not approved for use on eyes and poked the eyeball too deeply.
Aleksandra has had multiple operations, but none have brought much improvement to her sight ( Image: Newsflash)
Aleksandra, who was aged 21 at the time, said that she specifically chose the artist because he had a good background history of performing the same inking on others.
She said at the time: “The tattoo artist had dozens of such procedures in his portfolio. At least that’s what he said.
“Then it turned out not to be true. He also claimed to have medical education, which is also doubtful.”
However, complications developed almost immediately.
Aleksandra said that she wanted to get the inking because she ‘thought they suited me’ ( Image: Newsflash)
The 21-year-old went on to develop glaucoma, followed by advanced cataracts.
Following this, she underwent three operations, tragically none of which brought much improvement to her sight.
One of her eyes had to be replaced with an implant, while out of the other she now now only sees a shimmering light without contours.
Now, nearly six years on, Aleksandra has sued the tattoo studio.
Piotr A. claimed to have ‘medical education’ and had done the procedure to others before ( Image: Newsflash)
On 20 December, the district court in Warsaw convicted Piotr A. of failing to provide assistance to the victim and of causing permanent disability.
The court ruled that he must pay Aleksandra PLN 150,000 (GBP 28,000) and perform 30 hours of community service per month for one year.
Following the verdict, lawyer Pawel Jagielski said: “We will consider filing an appeal.
“In our preliminary assessment, the amount of PLN 150,000 is still disproportionate to the extent of the harm suffered via severe disability in the form of total loss of sight.”