A woman has been left completely blind in one eye and rapidly failing sight in the other after a tattoo artist botched an attempt to dye her eyeballs black.
Aleksandra Sadowska from the city of Wroclaw in the west of Poland had gone to the tattooist after deciding she wanted to emulate a rap artist called Popek, who also had the whites of his eyes dyed black.
The bungled procedure left the 25-year-old model complaining of pains in her eyes which the tattooist is reported to have told her was normal and she should take painkillers.
Based in the Polish capital Warsaw, the tattoo artist named in local media as Piotr A is facing three years in prison for unintentionally severely disabling the woman.
Aleksandra Sadowska wanted to imitate her favourite rap artist but now faces being completely blind after the failed procedure in the Polish capital
After losing complete sight in her right eye, Aleksandra was told by doctors that the damage was irreparable and that she would soon lose sight in her left eye too.
During the subsequent investigation it was found that the tattooist had made serious mistakes in the process, including using body ink for tattooing skin, which should not come into contact with the eye.
The woman's lawyers told local media: 'There is clear evidence that the tattoo artist did not know how to perform such a delicate procedure.
'And yet he decided to perform it which led to this tragedy.'
Postings on social media last year suggest Aleksandra was initially happy with the outcome before her condition started to deteriorate
The brave model described herself as a food and animal lover on Instagram and vows not to let the loss of her sight bring her down
Resolute Aleksandra said: 'Unfortunately, for now doctors do not give me much optimism for improvement. The damage is too deep and extensive. I'm afraid I will be completely blind.'
She added: 'I will not lock myself in the basement and get depressed. I have sadness behind me, but I live on.'
The tattooist, who still runs his salon where he carries out mainly ear piercings, has now been charged, four years after Aleksandra's ordeal began.
He has pleaded not guilty.
The court case is expected to start soon.