36-year-old Caroline Bielby from Beverly was left with permanent nerve damage after a surgical error in 2010 and has received a five-figure sum in compensation.
After suffering back pain during her first pregnancy in 1999, Mrs Bielby was told she would need spinal surgery due to the degeneration of discs in her back. In 2010, she underwent the operation at Castle Hill Hospital. Following her surgery, she experienced sharp pain in her left leg and toe, later losing all feeling beneath her knee cap.
She was passed around 30 clinicians before eventually being told that a screw had been inserted at the wrong angle during her operation and had been rubbing against nerves. Mrs Bielby then underwent further surgery in March 2012 to remove the screw. She is still unable to work and experiences numbness and weakness in her legs and foot; the damage caused to her nerves is permanent.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust admitted to medical negligence on several counts, including admitting they had failed to arrange further imaging after the operation. They apologised to Mrs Bielby for pain and suffering caused by their errors.
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Source: Hull Daily Mail
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown