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Apr 25, 2013 6:37 PM by Josh Breslow

Hospital Patient Who Says Face Caught Fire During Procedure Talks To LEX 18

A Knox County woman who says her face caught fire during a hospital procedure is talking for the first time and only to LEX 18.

Clara Brewer said she expected a simple, 30-minute procedure last Thursday when she went to Knox County Hospital for a biopsy. What the 57-year-old got instead, she said, were third-degree burns and her eyes swollen shut.

"I was in shock and I was in a lot of pain," Brewer told LEX 18. "Have you ever been burnt by just like a match or something like that? Imagine that, like a thousand times worse."

According to Brewer, she was out cold when the doctor used a cauterizer to close a wound on her head.

"He had it here, oxygen on my nose, and then a big sound and they met, right in my face and it set my face on fire," said Brewer.

Brewer said she was taken to UK Hospital where she spent several days in the burn unit.

"It made me mad and it scared me to realize that a doctor can do that," Brewer said.

A spokesperson for Knox County Hospital declined to comment to LEX 18 other than saying there was an incident and that there is an internal investigation.

As for Brewer, she said she is still at risk for infection. She has even hired an attorney who told LEX 18 that he will look into how everything could have happened and where to go next. The attorney said he wants his client's story out there in the hopes of preventing similar situations in the future.

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