A WOMAN who had a cancerous tumour removed from her spine has thanked staff at Ilkeston Community Hospital for helping to save her life.
After reading about plans to get rid of eight beds at the Heanor Road hospital in last week’s Advertiser, Marilyn Taylor, 65, said it would a huge blow to the community to lose the facility.
A keen gardener, Mrs Taylor was pruning trees at her home in Awsworth when she felt a twinge in her neck in November 2010.
After a series of visits to her GP she was referred to the Ilkeston hospital for physiotherapy but the pain had worsened by then and she had lost the use of her right arm. Her therapist sent her to see doctors on site for a scan.
“They dealt with me in the most fabulous way,” said the 65-year-old grandmother. “If it hadn’t have been for those doctors at Ilkeston hospital, I wouldn’t be here. I owe my life to them.”
Within days of telling her she had non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, doctors referred her to the Royal Derby Hospital for what she said was a ‘life or death’ operation.
She has now had the all clear and has gained most of the use in her arm back.
“The hospital is very much needed. It’s especially good for the elderly so they don’t have to travel to Nottingham or Derby,” she added.
“It would be a sin to close it.”
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