Woman left disabled by infection slams hospital
A WOMAN from Sawbridgeworth says she has been left partly disabled after contracting an infection following a routine operation.
Now Marion Anglin and ex-husband, Colin, say they want Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital to accept liability for the permanent damage done to her health.
Eight months since the operation on her hand, to replace a joint affected by arthritis, the couple say they consider an investigation – whose report they only received last week – inadequate.
Mrs Anglin, 56, now suffers from a condition known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, brought on by the infection, which has caused osteoporosis to develop in her arm. She is forced to take painkillers every four hours.
The condition has left her barely able to write, let alone enjoy any of her hobbies, which formerly included dressmaking and cooking. She is also unable to work.
“I feel quite depressed and I get quite tearful about it sometimes,” she said. “It gets you down and wears you out, being in pain all the time; it really is quite debilitating.”
Although she thinks the surgical procedure itself went well, it has been totally undermined by the bug. She said cleanliness could have been better on the ward where she believed she picked up the bacterial infection and thought staff should be screened to ensure germs did not get carried in.
“I didn’t make the complaint because I wanted any compensation, I just feel this sort of thing shouldn’t happen when you go into hospital,” added the Meadows resident.
Mr Anglin has written to the Prime Minister, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt and Sawbridgeworth’s MP Mark Prisk to highlight her plight.
A spokesman for PAH said it was sorry Mr and Mrs Anglin were dissatisfied with its response, but it treated all complaints seriously and tried to ensure a thorough investigation. It apologised “unreservedly” for the delayed reply, blaming it on time taken to interview those who treated her.
He said the infection was a very rare strain of staphylococcus, adding Mrs Anglin’s consultant had never come across a case following surgery before.