Goldsmith who made jewels for the royal family wins £125,000 after NHS surgery

Goldsmith who made jewels for the royal family wins £125,000 after NHS surgery left him suffering from the ‘worst pain known to man’ and without use of his right arm

Tony Bellingham was taken to hospital in 2017 after a suspected heart attack

62-year-old had a catheter put into his right arm which ruptured his radial nerveHad procedure to save arm and was left with  Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

A goldsmith who made jewels for the royal family has won a £125,000 out of court settlement after NHS surgery left him suffering the ‘worst pain known to man’ and without the use of his right arm.

Tony Bellingham regularly made personal jewellery for Princess Diana and other VIPs before a freak accident left him with a constant, burning pain in his right arm.

The 62-year-old was taken to hospital in 2017 after suffering a suspected heart attack when doctors botched putting a catheter into his right arm.

Mr Bellingham, from Bromley, southeast London ruptured his radial nerve and right artery, splitting the arm wide open.

Tony Bellingham (pictured above) regularly made personal jewellery for Princess Diana and other VIPs before a freak accident

Mr Bellingham's arm after doctors botched putting a catheter into his right arm, rupturing his radial nerve and right artery

Mr Bellingham’s arm after doctors botched putting a catheter into his right arm, rupturing his radial nerve and right artery

Following a 10-hour procedure to save his arm at King’s College Hospital in London, Mr Bellingham was left with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS).  

The condition is one of the most painful someone can experience, ranking higher on a popular pain index than childbirth and amputation.

Mr Bellingham sued the NHS hospital for £125,000 and has now accepted an out of court payment.

However, despite the windfall, he says that the ordeal has left him ‘physically and mentally broken’.

The goldsmith was taken to hospital in 2017 after suffering a suspected heart attack (he is pictured above holding one of his pieces)

The goldsmith was taken to hospital in 2017 after suffering a suspected heart attack (he is pictured above holding one of his pieces)

Mr Bellingham's arm is seen above with a tube coming out of it after he had to have surgery

Mr Bellingham’s arm is seen above with a tube coming out of it after he had to have surgery

Mr Bellingham said: ‘Right now, as we’re standing here talking, it feels like I’m being scolded by a kettle – and it’s never ending.

‘If I over-wash my hands, even with water, I get blisters equivalent to third degree burns.’

The jeweller had to learn to do every again – from brushing his teeth to putting on his socks.

Mr Bellingham said: ‘From somebody with so much manual dexterity, someone who’s been a sculptor and a goldsmith for 45 years, to suddenly lose all of that, it just seemed like life was over.’



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