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Operation success for March teenager

Elliott Harding has been refused life changing surgery by NHS ANL-150902-071450009
Elliott Harding has been refused life changing surgery by NHS ANL-150902-071450009

A March teenager is “ecstatic” after being told he has funding for a life-changing operation.

Elliott Harding had previously been told that the NHS would not fund an £8,000 operation to rebuild his rib cage using titanium as it was considered “cosmetic”.

The 18-year-old, who lives with his grandparents in Maple Grove, is in constant pain as his ribs are compressing on his heart.

But delighted Mr Harding has been told that he will be having the operation.

He said: “I am absolutely ecstatic. I was bouncing around the house when I heard.

“I will be able to get on with my life and go out to work again.”

Mr Harding had a pre-existing condition which was made worse by a fall from a BMX cycle when he was 14.

He has undergone various tests to discover the cause of his pain, including an MRI scan which revealed he has a slightly twisted spine and an inverted rib cage.

Mr Harding has an appointment at Papworth Hospital on February 26 to discuss when the operation is going ahead.

He heard the news from MP Steve Barclay, who had been fighting for the operation, on Thursday last week.

Mr Barclay said: “Like many people locally I was very concerned to learn that Elliott had been refused treatment when he had a serious condition.

“Having discussed this case with both Papworth Hospital and the Exceptional Cases Panel there appears to have been a mix-up in communication.

“We have now resolved it and I am very pleased that Elliott will be getting the treatment he clearly needs.”

“I am grateful to Caroline Sheet of the Exceptional Cases Panel for the very positive way she engaged in dealing with this issue and in reaching the right outcome.”

Mr Harding’s story, which featured in last week’s Fenland Citizen, had touched our readers.

A delighted Elliott said: “The response has been amazing. It is nice to know that people care.”

The NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group said they could not comment on individual cases.

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