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Male model sues hospital for £330k alleging botched surgery ruined his career

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According to reports from DailyStars, A male model is suing a hospital over a “surgical error” for half a million dollars that he says has ruined his career.

Zaine Pringle, 29, has modeled in the past for underwear and swimwear ads, but after surgeons reportedly botched an operation on his left hand, she has just done hat or sunglass modeling.

He says that after the operation conducted at Princess Alexandra Hospital in June 2018, he was left with extensive scarring, diminished functionality and contributing to mental health problems.

When he was 18, the chiseled Brisbane native started modeling, and his 6ft 1 in height, blonde hair and blue eyes won him a lot of work for the City Beach surfing and street fashion store.

He also won the Manhunt Australia national male modeling competition in 2017, moving on to represent his country in Thailand.

Mr Pringle injured his left hand playing football in late 2017, according to his statement of claim, filed in the District Court last week.

In March 2018, he had his first surgery, but in June, he had to undergo a second operation involving a tendon graft harvested from his left forearm.

But Mr. Pringle claims that the procedure was botched, saying: “The proximal tendon graft end was attached to the superficial flexor, whereas in fact; it ought to have been attached to the deep flexor tendon stump.”

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The doctors found the suspected error the following month and he had corrective surgery that November, but he says the damage was done by then.

“By reason of the surgical error, the plaintiff required three additional surgeries, has sensitivity in the left ring finger, suffers pain at the bottom of the thumb and palm, has reduced functionality in the left hand, has scarring of the left and right forearm and down the finger and palm, and has suffered an adjustment disorder with anxiety and depressed mood,”

Mr. Pringle argues that the hospital owes him a duty of care by “reasonable care and skill in the provision of medical services” arguing that there was a failure to ensure the surgeon’s due supervision.

He needed comprehensive rehabilitation, which meant that after the operation that netted him a total of $ 824.40 (£ 460) he “could not commit to many shoots” engaging only two.

“The plaintiff was able to participate in these shoots as they were for headwear such as hats and sunglasses,”

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The hospital he’s suing

In addition, the plaintiff started to experience psychological symptoms due to his injuries, including depression and low self-esteem about the way his hand appeared, and social contact anxiety and loss of trust.

“These factors impacted the plaintiff’s ability to return to modeling and ultimately, the plaintiff was unable to maintain his paid work as a model due to his injuries.”

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Mr. Pringle says his modeling career has been destroyed by his injury, and his other work has also been impaired by the installation of fire doors because heavy lifting and repetitive hand movements are needed.

He is suing for $592,803.79 (£332,883) from Queensland’s Metro South Hospital and Health Service, including general damages, past and potential loss of income and superannuation, past and future free care and support, and future medical services and medication.

This assertion accounts for the remaining 38 “prospective working years remaining” bringing Mr. Pringle to 67, which from 2023 will be the Australian pension age.

He appears to have few transferable skills and is not suitable for employment located in the workplace.

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