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Dawn Knight is facing a lifetime of sleeping with her eyes open (yes, open) after an operation to lift her eyelids was botched.
After losing 25 kilograms through gastric bypass surgery, the UK mother of two found herself with a significant amount of excess skin on her face, especially around the eye area. To combat this, a plastic surgeon recommended a second procedure to correct her upper and lower eyelids.
The former beauty salon owner knew something had gone wrong the day after her surgery, and not just because of how her eyes looked.
“My eyes were constantly streaming, but I was repeatedly told, ‘You’re fine.’ But I wasn’t fine. Tears were pouring down my face when I was trying to go to sleep,” the 47-year-old, recalled in a recent episode of ITV’s This Morning.
Knight raised this in a follow-up appointment with her surgeon, Arnaldo Paganelli, who told her it was simply a case of 'dry eye' that would clear up after a fortnight of eye drops.
However, matters only worsened. When Knight was able to fall asleep, her family members were disturbed to notice her eyes wouldn't actually close. "My son said to me, 'You know, you look really weird when sleep – your eyes are open'," she told ITV.
In the three years since her operation, which was performed at the same high-profile Birmingham practice where her gastric band had been inserted, Knight says she's experienced trauma and anxiety. The incident has also impacted on her career, and she's worried she could lose her vision altogether.
"I was running a beauty salon but closed it in January – the strain of everything became too much. I have now been told I have abscesses in my right eye, due to the fact I can’t blink properly. I could go blind," she told the Daily Mail earlier this year.