A mother-of-two was recently awarded a seven-figure sum following a spinal injury claim, after she was left paralysed from the waist down as a result of medical blunder.
Hazel Spence, a 35 year-old beauty therapist, went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in 2006 to have a benign cyst removed from her back. The operation went well but Ms Spence lost all feeling in her legs after nerves in her spine were damaged during the removal of a fluid drain from her back as she recuperated at the hospital.
According to a Press Association report, the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust admitted liability, apologised and paid an undisclosed payout to cover the cost of moving to a specially adapted home as well as childcare for her two sons. ‘The last six years have been absolutely horrendous as I’ve struggled to come to terms with the fact my life will never be the same again and I can no longer do simple everyday tasks that get taken for granted,’ said Spence, from Bilston, in the West Midlands. ‘Sadly, nothing can reverse what happened but I can now look to the future knowing the settlement means my family and I can move into a house that is wheelchair accessible and we will have the support and care we need to live life again rather than battling each day.’
The Birmingham Mail reported that Ms Spence was forced to give up work and ‘leave her sporty lifestyle’. ‘I was told that I would never be able to ride a bike with my two sons, play football with them, run, or kickbox again. I was devastated,’ she told the paper.
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