Claire makes full recovery from emergency bowel surgery

Monica Smith is full of praise for the way her daughter Claire was cared for after having emergency surgery to remove part of her bowel.

img_1900Claire, who has Down’s Syndrome, was brought into accident and emergency at the University Hospital of North Tees complaining about stomach pain.

After having a scan, her family were surprised to be told Claire, who is 27, had a perforated bowel which would need to be operated on immediately.

Monica said: “Claire had been complaining about an upset stomach but we had no idea it was as serious as it was.

“She had actually obviously been in much more pain than we thought because doctors said she needed immediate surgery to have eight inches of her bowel removed. She also needed to have her appendix removed and she also had pneumonia.”

Claire stayed on the ward for three weeks before being discharged but had some complications which required two more operations to the same area.

Monica said: “It was a worrying time. Even though I spent a lot of time with her we did have to leave her in hospital sometimes but I can’t thank staff enough with the treatment she had, we’re happy with everything.

“Now Claire has had her bandages removed she can start doing more again. She is very independent, she lives on her own in Norton with help from carers and plays hockey, goes running and is part of drama and singing groups.”

Claire not only has the support of her mum but also her sister Kate and her twin brother Philip.

Consultant surgeon Amlan Banerjee said: “It’s fantastic to see Claire now looking so well after being so poorly. When I first saw Claire she was very sick and needed immediate surgery to help with her pain. She has been very brave and I am really pleased with how well she is now.”

Pictured is Claire with her mum and with her sister Kate and consultant surgeon Amlan Banerjee after being given the all clear.




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