Southsea baby denied surgery is treated

Syeda Ahmed and 10-month-old Sanika Ahmed, of Southsea
Syeda Ahmed and 10-month-old Sanika Ahmed, of Southsea
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A BABY who was refused surgery to save the use of her right shoulder has been operated on.

Dad Muhammed, 37 and mum Syeda, 29, of Pains Road in Southsea, were told 10-month-old Sanika Ahmed would not be operated on by the NHS because they did not have leave to stay in the country.

But now surgeons at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Middlesex have operated on baby Sanika, who was born in Portsmouth.

Muhammed, from Bangladesh, had worked legally from July 2008 but his work permit expired in August 2009.

The family had turned to a solicitor to seek a judicial review after the refusal.

Their solicitor Patrick Oliver, of Swain & Co Solicitors in Havant, says the surgery originally thought to be needed was not carried out.

Instead surgeons relocated her shoulder and will carry out further tests to see if she has had a full nerve rupture.

Sanika has suspected Erb’s palsy, which means she may have nerve damage.

As reported, it happened after her shoulder was trapped behind her mother’s pelvic bone in birth.

In March the family and Mr Oliver said she needed surgery before she was nine months old or her shoulder would be paralysed.

Muhammed and Syeda will find out if she needs further treatment after a six-week wait from the date of the operation, which was carried out on April 22.

A spokesman for the RNOH said it did not comment on individual patients’ treatment.