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17.03.2023 - 23:43 / manchestereveningnews.co.uk
A woman was kicked off the waiting list for an operation - after hospital staff mistakenly recorded her weight as 40 kilograms heavier than she was.
Jennifer Newby had already been waiting for surgery for more than a year since she was first crippled by what doctors believed to be a painful ovarian cyst. The 29-year-old, who had been on powerful medications for months, had to stop work as a carer because of the pain and could barely leave the house, she says.
During a pre-op, Jennifer was told her BMI was too high to go ahead with the mass removal and she was told she had been taken off the waiting list. After insisting on speaking to a doctor in person, the medics realised Jennifer had recorded an incorrect weight.
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Jennifer had moved in with her partner, had a steady job as a social care worker, and was excited for the future that lay ahead. But in September of 2020, she was rushed to A&E with severe abdominal pain. She was passing out and vomiting.
Jennifer had no idea at the time, but those dreams of her future would become scarred with pain. Doctors discovered that Jennifer had a mass on her ovary, believed to be a cyst, needing surgery.
The next two years turned into a nightmare as Jennifer faced joining a surgery waiting list which came with a huge backlog in the wake of the pandemic. Not only would she go on to be in physical agony, unable to put on her socks without help, she would be left with the emotionally exhausting anxiety of not knowing when it would end.
Jennifer was referred to Salford Royal and what started out as a 17cm mass grew and grew, becoming as large as 24cm at one
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