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I need my knee fixed to get a job and my life back
IT was a freak injury that has kept her out of work for more than two years and left her dependent on a wheelchair and crutches. Now Flic Burleigh-Thurston has finally secured a victory on her road to recovery.
The 25-year-old, from Gorse Close, Locks Heath, has endured a torrid time after she shattered her right knee at work by kneeling down in January 2011.
Despite seeing two surgeons and undergoing three operations she still needs a wheelchair or crutches to move around.
Her ordeal was made even worse this year after she was handed an eight-month wait for a pre-operation assessment at Southampton General Hospital.
But she finally received a glimmer of hope after her appointment was brought forward to October – having contacted her MP Mark Hoban.
Miss Burleigh-Thurston was working for Lloyds TSB in Segensworth when she suffered the injury – and has been out of work ever since.
The self-confessed workaholic told the Daily Echo she was desperate to get her life back on track and return to full-time employment.
Her efforts have seen her write to the Prime Minister David Cameron and battle a disability benefit tribunal.
She said her injury has also affected her left knee and she has been threatened with having her disability benefits cut.
Miss Burleigh-Thurston, who was made redundant from her job last year, said: “I am a fighter and have had to fight this.
“I just need something done. I am desperate to work but I can’t because the NHS won’t fix me.
“I am 25 years old and reliant on family members. I have to use a wheelchair, I have had to sell my car, I have no life. The extent of my social life is getting my nails done with my best friend.”
Desperate for help, Miss Burleigh-Thurston contacted Mr Hoban to see what he could do.
The MP sent a letter to the NHS with his concerns and the reply confirmed Miss Burleigh-Thurston’s assessment will be brought forward.
Mr Hoban said: “We have not had a response from the hospital yet as to the explanation of bringing the appointment to October.
“I never ask people to bring forward appointments but I flag up constituents’ concerns and would like to know their response.
“I am not a doctor and it’s down to the health care professionals to decide what the best treatment is for her. I want for all my constituents the best possible health care at the right time and to be able to live a full and satisfying life.”
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