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Eye surgeon had secret affair with male patient who followed his international exploits

A top eye surgeon revered as ‘the man with the magic fingers’ is facing a medical tribunal over a secret affair he had with a male patient.

John Brookes was renowned for his many mercy missions to India where he saved the sight of children suffering from glaucoma whilst based on board an aircraft doubling up as a mobile eye hospital.

But back in Britain, the consultant and his same-sex partner were leading separate lives and he met up socially with the patient who had been reading social media blogs about his voluntary medical trips.

The pair then embarked on a 15-month relationship before Mr Brookes, a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital, decided they should remain friends.

He later referred himself to the General Medical Council when his unnamed lover, refered to in the tribunal as Patient A, reportedly sent him aggressive emails and told the hospital’s chief executive about the affair.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was told 47-year-old Mr Brookes, from Brighton, also worked as a paediatric glaucoma surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital and was hailed for his work with children.

But he was isolated from his boyfriend who had bought a house in Ireland to be closer to his family when the affair started in 2013.

Read more in the Daily Mail.

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