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Family Of Ben Baddeley To Take Legal Action Over SDR Denial

March 6, 2014

I’ve covered Ben Baddeley before and have followed him with interest over a few years.

I share his disability and was sad to read that he has been denied SDR– something his family clearly want for him and believe will help him. I wish them well in whatever happens next.

The furious family of cerebral palsy boy Ben Baddeley is to take legal action against the hospital that axed his life-changing operation due to cuts.

Mum Amy said she believed another child had the £20,000 surgery just days after her nine-year-old son’s was suddenly cancelled.

The 29-year-old said: “I was so angry when I found out they were operating on other children on the waiting list, but not on Ben.

“It is just so wrong to choose one over another. It is playing at God.

“I am going to see my solicitor about taking legal action.

“I do not believe you can give a child a date for an operation, take it away, then continue to do it for other children.





“I don’t think it is lawful.”

Ben, of Silverdale, Staffs, was booked into Queen’s Medical Centre , Nottingham, on February 20 to prepare for selective dorsal ­rhizotomy surgery, which could help him walk unaided.

But the Tories cut funding.

Nottingham ­University ­Hospitals Trust pledged to operate on “those already with a date or those fully prepared”.

That angered Amy and Ben’s dad Gary, 37.


Amy added: “How can they tell my son his date was not the start of treatment when he was to have a ­catheter in his spine and go into theatre?

“He has taken so long to prepare for this. He had 18 months of gruelling physiotherapy.”

The trust’s neurosciences chief James Hunter said: “It would be unfair on our patients and their families to continue a process which may not result in surgery.

“We are in contact with the Baddeleys to discuss alternative ­arrangements and funding options.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Barry Davies permalink
    March 6, 2014 4:12 pm

    I wonder if North staffs refused to pay the money to Nottingham, after all we all know that both staffs is in severe fiscal deficit.

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