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Woman wins £1m in compensation over hospital failing

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A woman from Citheroe has been awarded £1million in compensation after her emergency surgery was delayed for several hours, leaving her with permanent pain in her legs, loss of sexual function and doubly incontinent. 42-year-old Claire Thornber suffered a severe spinal injury, known as cauda equine syndrome, and when errors resulted in her emergency surgery being delayed for several hours, she was left with lasting damage that she will suffer with for the rest of her life.

It was heard that had the errors not occurred, by both a privately operated mobile scanning unit contracted by the NHS and the NHS, her condition would have been saved in time and she would have made a full recovery. Ms Thornber lost both her marriage and her job as a result of the medical negligence.

Radiographer failed to mark the case as an emergency

The condition began in August 2010 when Ms Thornber started to experience pain in her back that radiated down her legs. After being referred for an MRI scan, which was carried out at a mobile unit operated by a private company but contracted by the NHS, it was found that she had a prolapsed disc which was pressing on her cauda equina nerves at the base of her spine. The cauda equina nerves control the sensation in the lower half of the body, bladder, bowl and sexual function.

Following the MRI scan, however, the radiographer failed to mark the case as an emergency, so her surgery was delayed. It was ruled that the delay caused Ms Thornber’s condition to become permanent and she was awarded £1million in compensation.

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