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Posted on 1st September 2016

Patient left with dislocated jaw after operation

In 2010 Amanda Walker was admitted to hospital following a miscarriage of twins. During surgery she suffered a dislocated jaw.

Her injuries were caused by a medical mask that was keeping her airway open at Harrogate and District NHS foundation Trust Hospital.

She woke up from the operation in debilitating pain, and was struggling to open her mouth.

Ms Walker visited her dentist who told her that there was significant damage to the muscles and tendons around her jaw, which was misaligned.

The MRI scan showed that Ms Walker’s injuries were similar to that of a car crash victim, and were incredibly severe.

Dr David Scullion, medical director at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, told the BBC: "We have apologised to Ms Walker for the impact this injury has had on her, and I would like to reiterate that apology now

"We conducted an investigation into Ms Walker's care with us in 2010 and want to give assurance that we have learned all we can from this incident."

Ms Walker needed several operations to repair the damage to her jaw. This included part of her jaw being completely replaced.

It changed my diet, left me relying on my family more than ever," she said.

Ms Walker received a written apology from the hospital as well as financial compensation, the exact amount of which has not been revealed.

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