A court has fined a bungling tattoo artist who left a young woman blind after inking her eyeballs incorrectly.
Aleksandra Sadowska went to get the whites of her eyes tattooed black in April 2017 at a studio in Warsaw, Poland, she had found online.
She told local media at the time: “I’ve always wanted tattooed eyes, I thought they suited me.”
But the bungling tattooist – named only as Piotr A. in court – penetrated too deeply with the needle and used an ink that was uncertified for use on eyes.
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.”
Complications developed almost immediately.
Aleksandra, who was aged 21 at the time, developed glaucoma, followed by advanced cataracts.
She had to undergo three operations, but none brought much improvement.
One of her eyes had to be replaced with an implant, while she only sees a shimmering light without contours out of the other.
Aleksandra sued the tattoo studio and now, nearly six years later, the district court in Warsaw has convicted Piotr A.
The court, on 20th December, found him guilty of failing to provide assistance to the victim and of causing permanent disability.
It ruled 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.”