(PARAMUS, N.J.) -- After cosmetic eyelid surgery left her incapable of fully closing her eyes, Marilyn Leisz said her life has been thrown into shambles.
When the lawsuit against her New Jersey plastic surgeon was all said and done, a jury on Wednesday awarded Leisz $115,000 -- an amount she called "a joke."
"The award given to me can't anywhere touch what has happened with my eyes," said Leisz of her medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Paul Parker, a cosmetic surgeon in Paramus, New Jersey.
"I'm not happy with the decision," she said. "They didn't take into consideration what I go through everyday. I expected around $500,000. But even with that, nothing can really make up for it. You can't put a price on your eyes."
In a statement, Parker said, "As a board certified plastic surgeon, over the past 25 years I have performed more than 10,000 surgical procedures. Our practice is centered on compassion, attention-to-detail and superior patient care."
"We have thousands of happy patients who voice their satisfaction through the personal letters they send us and countless, unprompted positive reviews and testimonials they post online," the statement went on to say.
Leisz has had two other eye procedures in the past. The first was meant to fix a congenital condition known as ptosis, where the muscles are not strong enough to hold up the lid, thus creating a droopy eyelid. The second was cosmetic.
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