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Freak growth woman sues NHS

1st August 2012

A 20-year-old woman has been awarded £1.228m in damages from the NHS because of the effect on her growth of an undiagnosed tumour.

Kate Woodward planned to be an actress but grew to be 6ft 5in tall and weigh 24 stone after doctors missed a tumour on her pituitary gland. Her case in the High Court was that her abnormal growth “made her uglier” to the extent where she was not able to be an actress. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust admitted clinical negligence but disputed the amount.

 

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Jon Danzig

Friday 3rd August 2012 @ 11:48

Your headline states, "Freak growth woman sues NHS"



It's undignified for any patient to be called a �freak� because of a medical condition. Although Kate Woodward said the condition made her feel like a "freak", that doesn't mean to say she should be called one.



Before the Second World War patients with gigantism acromegaly - the condition from which Kate Woodward suffers - often ended up in circuses and so-called 'freak shows' because society didn't know any better. We do know better now, don't we?



For more information about the condition, see my article: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20110831/New-guidelines-for-the-treatment-of-acromegaly-a-serious-growth-hormone-disorder.aspx


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Article Information

Title: Freak growth woman sues NHS
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 22455
Date Added: 1st Aug 2012

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