Paral­ysed and nearly blind

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MR VAN Don­gen lost the sight in his left eye and most of the vi­sion in his right. He had his lower left leg am­pu­tated due to sep­sis and lost his left ear.

The civil en­gi­neer was left paral­ysed from the neck down, and could not speak for months af­ter wak­ing from a coma.

Mr van Don­gen spent 14 months in South­mead Hos­pi­tal, Bris­tol, four in a coma and six on an iso­lated in­ten­sive care ward. Although he was trans­ferred to a burns ward af­ter six months, he was of­ten re-ad­mit­ted to in­ten­sive care due to in­fec­tions.

Con­sul­tant burns sur­geon Jonathan Pleat told the court: ‘We have had no equiv­a­lent pa­tient with such a hor­ri­ble and ex­ten­sive acid at­tack... He would have re­quired ex­ten­sive care for the rest of his life.’

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