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TV star sues over superbug

30th January 2007

Men Behaving Badly star Leslie Ash is suing the Chelsea and Westminster hospital over debilitating injuries caused by a "superbug", according to The Daily Mail.

The TV star claims she will never work as an actress again and is still unable to walk unaided as a result of the infection.  Ms Ash contracted the "deadly superbug" whilst being treated at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for injuries caused during sex with her husband, former footballer Lee Chapman.  She was left fighting for her life and says she still suffers the after effects of the infection.

Ms Ash is suing the hospital for £1 million, claiming she contracted the "potentially fatal" bacterial infection there from an epidural needle. Legal papers lodged at the High Court claim her career is all but over and she will lose out on hundreds of thousands of pounds in earnings. The court papers state that due to the infection it is “unlikely that [Ms Ash] will be able to return to an active role as an actress."

It is claimed that Ms Ash contracted MSSA, a strain related to the superbug MRSA, after being admitted to the hospital in 2004 with a broken rib and punctured lung.  Medics administered an epidural to relieve her pain and sent her home but she was rushed back into hospital soon afterwards when she lost all feeling in her legs. A six inch-film abscess on her back was removed in emergency surgery which Ms Ash's lawyers claim should have been noticed by doctors before she was discharged.

The hospital has admitted a breach of duty over part of her treatment but denies responsibility for the full extent of her injuries. 

 

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D Smith

Saturday 3rd February 2007 @ 18:13

Since when did MSSA become a superbug? and no way is it a strain of MRSA, it is simply the class of all the other SA bugs that are NOT antibiotic resistant.

Pearl Gulliver

Saturday 14th July 2007 @ 22:52

I worked in elderly/medical wards for 33 years. In 2001 I became unwell with numbness, weakness, pain and loss of balance. In 2004 I was diagnosed with transverse myelitis; I believe it was work related; I have little help from the NHS and am now unable to work. Hygiene on wards was terrible and they were often having to be closed


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