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Girl cries in agony as black henna tattoo starts scarring her arm


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Wednesday 16 Aug 2017 10:44 am

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Madison Gulliver was le crying in pain a er having a black henna tattoo while on holiday (Picture: SWNS)

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holiday in Egypt.

Madison Gulliver got the tattoo done while at a hotel but a er returning to the UK she complained 2/13
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Madison Gulliver got the tattoo done while at a hotel but a er returning to the UK she complained
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that it had become itchy.

It then erupted in painful blisters that have had to be cut away at a burns unit
and she is now scarred for life.

Pictures show her crying in pain as she has the blisters removed in hospital.
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She has been le with scars along her entire arm a er the tattoo burned her skin (Picture: SWNS)

While PPD is present in many products, such as sun cream and hair dye, it is usually used in very
small doses.

The addition of PPD into henna is now recognised as a public health issue, as this allergenic
chemical o en causes hypersensitivity reactions in children.
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Martin, a manager for Royal Mail, from the Isle of Wight, said: ‘She is
potentially scarred for life a er getting a black henna tattoo.
‘The tattoo was done in the hotel’s salon and they claim it’s not the henna and 4/13
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‘The tattoo was done in the hotel’s salon and they claim it’s not the henna and
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that it’s my daughters skin. She has blisters from her finger to her elbow and is
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Her dad paid for the tattoo at the hotel’s parlour (Picture: SWNS)

‘I think it’s partly my fault because I didn’t know about it, but also the fault of the salon because
they are using dangerous chemicals on children.

‘We would have thought that the travel agents would have had concerns about this. We want to
get the message out to other people about this.’

Martin said he had a great holiday with wife Sylvia, 43, son Sebastian, nine,
and daughter Madison, seven, until the beginning of the second week.

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As a treat for being so well behaved, Martin decided to pay for both of the kids
to go to
to have a black henna tattoo.
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Madison’s arm pictured before it started to go wrong (Picture: SWNS)

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But shortly a er returning home on July 25 the skin under Madison’s tattoo started to bubble.
‘We noticed there was a small patch on the top of the tattoo that was raised
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‘We noticed there was a small patch on the top of the tattoo that was raised
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but we couldn’t see any redness,’ he said.

‘The next morning the whole tattoo was starting to get itchy, so we washed it
Thousands of off which revealed a rash in the outline of the tattoo.
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workers to ‘It started to blister so we started looking on the internet about black henna
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Soon a er arriving in the UK she complained that it had become itchy (Picture: SWNS)

Doctors gave the family steroid cream to treat the area but when blisters started to form on
Madison’s fingers, the young girl was quickly rushed to A&E.

A er five visits to St Mary’s Hospital where they were given different creams and ointments, she
was finally referred to burns’ specialists Salisbury District Hospital.

He said: ‘We started to panic. They had never seen it before, and each time we
went in they were trying different things but it was getting worse and worse.’

Doctors carried out a test on the liquid seeping from the blisters on Madison’s
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pensioner to
death and
burning her body
in her own ‘They decided to treat the skin by removing the blisters, so they could access
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in her own ‘They decided to treat the skin by removing the blisters, so they could access
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the burned skin underneath,’ Martin continued.


The family were on holiday in Hurghada, Egypt, when she was treated to the black henna tattoo (Picture: SWNS)

‘They thought they would be able to soak the blisters and rub them off, but that wasn’t possible as
they were so thick, so they had to cut them off.

‘She wanted to see what they were doing so we couldn’t get her to look away, she was really good
and kept saying “you’ve missed one”.’

Madison has now been referred to a scar management unit and has to wear a
pressure bandage for at least six months to minimise the scars covering her
arm.

House evacuated Now, Martin wants to warn others of the danger of black henna tattoos.
a er three‐metre
sinkhole appears ‘We have emailed the hotel but they said there’s nothing wrong with the henna,
in driveway » and it must be a problem with my daughter,’ he said.

‘When I responded I sent back a link to the dangers of it and told them to talk to their own doctor,
who was trained in the UK.

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(Picture: SWNS)

‘We don’t want compensation, the main thing is to care for Madison and minimise the scarring
because we don’t want her growing up with a scar for the rest of her life.’

The hotel in Hurghada apologised and said it no longer offered the tattoos.

In an email to the family, Heike Moursy guest relation manager of Fort


Arabesque Resort, Spa & Villas, said: ‘On behalf of the owner from the Beauty
Center we apologize again what is happened with your daughter.

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‘We know, this does not help your daughter but we wish her to get well soon.’

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Her arm is likely to be scarred for life but the swelling will go down (Picture: SWNS)

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