A man whose friend’s teeth were embedded in his leg in an accident on a trampoline is suing a hospital for failing to remove them.
He says Croydon University Hospital failed to fully remove the three teeth which have caused a severe infection.
The 29-year-old was lying on his trampoline playing with his iPad when Peter Walsh, his best friend, came over to join him.
Mr Rigby said: “He jumped on and jokingly tried to kick me, I pulled his leg away and his face smashed into my knee and he blacked out.”
“He was probably out for a couple of minutes. He was face down and I saw blood coming out of his mouth and teeth missing so I thought it was quite bad. I tried to stand up and then collapsed because of my leg.”
After his friend came-to he managed to drag them both into a cab which rushed them to Accident and Emergency at Croydon University Hospital.
Teeth stuck in my leg. He took me off to X-Ray and he said there’s only a bit of bone cartilage, nothing to worry about.
“They gave me two stitches and sent me on my way.”
Afterwards the men went to Mr Walsh’s house where his nan inspected the knee and said she thought it was infected and he should return to hospital straight away.
The next day Mr Rigby went to A & E at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, where doctors opened the wound and cleaned out parts of the teeth which were embedded in his leg.
The scaffolder, who now feels insecure wearing shorts and going swimming, has employed a solicitor to file a negligence claim against the hospital for failing to spot that parts of the teeth remained in his leg.
A Croydon Health Services NHS Trust spokesman said: “We cannot comment in detail on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.
“Patients in our care are advised to contact us again after treatment if their condition persists or worsens. We would encourage Mr Rigby to contact us if he has any concerns about his care.”
Mr Rigby, who still works as a scaffolder and will soon be a father, thinks the injury will have an impact on his future career.
He said: “It’s really bad. Since it happened my legs stiffens up and I have to strap it up when it gets really bad. I’m very grateful for the treatment I got at St George’s but not to the man who treated me at Croydon.”