Barman has £5,000 plastic surgery at same hospital where girl, 5, was told she can’t have treatment
Sam Barton, 22, wants further surgery so that he can look like a TV star while the family of Kelli Smith is trying to raise £500,000 for treatment for their daughter
Taxpayers have funded a £5,000 nosejobs for a man who wants to look like a TV star at the same hospital trust a five-year-old girl has been refused treatment.
Sam Barton, 22, now wants to have his ears pinned back and jaw reshaped to become “the perfect man”.
Meanwhile, five-year-old Kelli Smith’s family is facing the prospect of having to raise £500,000 so that she can have life-saving surgery for neuroblastoma – a deadly form of childhood cancer.
Incredibly Mr Barton said that it was easy for him to get his plastic surgery on the NHS.
Mr Barton, who works part-time in a bar, said: “I would never pay my own money for my nose to be done but there was no way I was going to turn down a £5,200 nose job on the NHS that I don’t have to pay back.
“If I am being honest, getting the NHS to pay was the easiest thing I have ever done.
“If you say it is ruining your life and you are a good actor it is easy.
“I said that all my friends are celebrities or glamour models and really beautiful and I am the only ugly one in my group of friends.
“If you don’t know what to say, just cry.
“I understand why people get angry when the NHS pays for people like me to have nose jobs but when they make it so easy how can you blame me?”
Kelli’s father, Tom Attwater, 31, who has a terminal brain tumour, said: “‘This man and anyone else should pay for themselves, unless they have a serious medical condition.
“I wake up every day with a terminal illness worrying about how to fund-raise £500,000 for Kelli’s treatment if she relapses. This is where NHS funding should go.”
Mr Barton, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, brazenly admits that he is a “good actor” who persuades doctors to operate by claiming his looks are ruining his life and causing emotional distress.
The wannabe celebrity, who says he is a friend of Benefits Street’s White Dee, has already had £50,000 worth of treatments over eight years.
He paid £20,000 for dental work, including full porcelain veneers, while friends and family forked out for Botox, eyebrow threading, tanning injections, body waxing and hair extensions.
In July 2012, he used his private medical cover for a nose job at Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield to help him look like his favourite TV star, Towie’s Joey Essex.
Unhappy with the end result, he persuaded the NHS to pay for a second nose op at the same private hospital in March this year.
But just two months later, he is still not fully satisfied with his latest look and is now planning to have a third nose job – again on the NHS.
Last year, aspiring glamour model Josie Cunningham , 22, had her breasts enlarged to size 36DD at a cost of £4,800 on the NHS by claiming her flat chest was ruining her life.
Under NHS guidelines, cosmetic surgery should be funded only in rare circumstances “to protect a person’s health”.
Mr Barton’s procedure was paid for by NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group after he was referred to a consultant by his GP.
I have to wait 12 months before I can go back again. “I will just say that they had not done what I asked for and that it looks worse than before and do the whole routine that it is ruining my life and turn on the waterworks. “I try to see a different GP every time so that they buy my story. I have seen almost every doctor at my surgery, maybe five or six times.
“I think I am lucky that I am quite a good actor. I can manipulate.
“I can make someone believe my story straight away.”
Mr Barton began his transformation at the age of 14 with blond highlights at a local salon.
He said: “That was the first thing I ever did and I loved how I looked so I quickly got a taste for altering my appearance.
“I started having sun-bed sessions and getting my eyebrows shaped and waxed. I became a sun-bed addict before I’d taken my GCSEs.
Since the age of 18, he has had Botox sessions every three months and also has regular tanning injections.
He said: “Most teenagers want to turn 18 so they can drink and vote but for me it was a countdown to the day I could finally get Botox.
“I booked in for my birthday and was so excited the first time I had it done. I didn’t care that it hurt. I was just so pleased to be making myself look better.”
Mr Barton freely admits that he is addicted to cosmetic treatments.
He said: “The NHS could offer me any surgery and I would take it.
“I am definitely trying for my ears and jaw and I don’t think there is really a stopping point for me.
“Each treatment makes me want something else done.”
NHS England said that operations are paid for by local clinical commissioning groups where a consultant deems them “clinically appropriate”.
A spokesman for NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We do not comment on individual cases.
“Clinical commissioning groups commission a range of clinical services from health service providers.
“All operations and interventions would only be undertaken on medical grounds and would require the approval of an appropriate clinical consultant.”