SCENE OF EVENTS: Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital
HAVING BEEN paralysed in a botched operation, a mother of two has been given a multimillion-pound compensation payout by a Birmingham hospital.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital has given 35-year-old Hazel Spence a seven-figure sum after damaging the keen kickboxer’s nerves when attempting to remove a benign cyst in 2006.
Although the operation was a success, a junior doctor made the mistake of flushing a drain that was removing fluid from her spine, which led to Hazel’s paralysis from the waist down.
Experts have said that if the drain had been replaced then she would have made a full recovery within days.
Spence spoke to the Birmingham Mail of her “devastation” at not being able to do every day tasks.
“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,” said Spence.
“No amount of money can compensate me for what I have lost.
‘‘The money I have received is much needed though. My wheelchair is old and there’s other equipment this will pay for.”