Girl, aged five, from Northampton wins battle to have NHS ear surgery

Charley Pickering

Charley Pickering

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A five-year-old girl from Northampton who is in constant pain from a blocked ear has been granted surgery after a successful appeal.

Charley Pickering’s condition - sometimes called ‘glue ear’- was so severe paramedics feared her eardrum was about to burst, but despite frequent infections she was denied an operation by NHS Nene.

Since her story appeared in the Chron a month ago, mum Lisa, backed by the family GP, has won an appeal.

Mrs Pickering said: “It’s wonderful news. Charley was really hoping they’d change their minds and they have.

“She has had lots of time off school and would often just lie on the sofa bawling her eyes out.

“It was awful to see her go through it. This will really change her life for the better.

“I’m still annoyed that we had to go to appeal, but it’s a relief that they’ve come to this decision.”

The operation, to insert grommets, was originally set for October, only for Charley to be told it had been cancelled due to stricter funding criteria.

A panel decided that Charley had not had enough infections and bouts of fever in a 12 month period to warrant surgery.

But Mrs Pickering supplied evidence that Charley had up to seven separate episodes and an appeal panel reversed their decision.

The operation is now set for November.

Mrs Pickering said: “I was dreading the winter but hopefully we’ll be all fine for Christmas.”

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