Health care workers’ elbow surgery has ‘significant risks’

A woman who was critically injured while helping her parents care for a baby has had surgery to repair her elbow, a court has heard.

Sarah Wetherill-Davies, 34, of North Yorkshire, was in hospital with a ligament injury to her elbow in October 2016 when she was found unresponsive in her bedroom.

She was taken to a private hospital in Leeds and diagnosed with an aneurysm, a clot that forms a gap in the body wall.

She spent a week in hospital, with a CT scan revealing the aneuries and a blood clot, but she was discharged with a short-term prognosis.

“She’s had a significant amount of surgery,” her barrister Stephen Wilson told the hearing.

“This is the first time she’s had to have a second operation on her elbow and it has significant risks to her health.”

Sarah’s parents have now launched an appeal against a decision by the court to dismiss the case.

They say their daughter has suffered significant psychological damage from the ordeal and that the operation will not be worth the money it will cost.

They also claim the case was dismissed because she was not fit to be at home, and because there was no evidence she was being cared for.

A hospital spokesperson said the operation was carried out on an outpatient basis and had been undertaken under a strict monitoring programme.

Sarah had previously suffered an epidural for a severe pain in her shoulder, and was also receiving physiotherapy for neck pain, but no further action was taken against her parents.

A spokesperson for NHS England said the hospital had taken all necessary steps to ensure Sarah’s safety during the operation.

“There are a number of risks associated with the operation and there is currently no evidence that she was in any danger of harm, although she has been in intensive care,” the spokesperson said.

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