Mum’s broken back agony at Rotherham playground

Clifton Park where Toni Connell broke her back playing on a kids slide in Rotherham.
Clifton Park where Toni Connell broke her back playing on a kids slide in Rotherham.
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A Rotherham mum has criticised hospital medics – claiming they twice failed to spot she had a broken back.

Toni Connell, aged 37, was sent home with painkillers for bruising after an accident during a family afternoon at Clifton Park playground.

Picture shows Toni Connell who broke her back playing on a kids slide in Clifton Park Rotherham. The mother of nine whose back was broken in three places was failed to be diagnosed by doctors three times. See Ross Parry copy RPYBACK : A disgusted patient has slammed hospital medics - claiming they TWICE failed to spot her broken back and sent her home with painkillers for bruising.  Toni Connell, 37, has been left bedridden and unable to play with her children after a family afternoon at an adventure playground left her with the agonising injury - which she says doctors failed to spot despite taking an X-ray.  Toni, from Rotherham, South Yorks., who was injured when her children urged her to have a go on a slide, said she pleaded with doctors to let her stay after she broke her back in two places - leaving one of the bones in her spine pushing into a nerve.  Stay-at-home mother-of-nine Toni said: "It's disgusting they didn't spot it straight away - if I hadn't returned to hospital and carried on with my rout

Picture shows Toni Connell who broke her back playing on a kids slide in Clifton Park Rotherham. The mother of nine whose back was broken in three places was failed to be diagnosed by doctors three times. See Ross Parry copy RPYBACK : A disgusted patient has slammed hospital medics - claiming they TWICE failed to spot her broken back and sent her home with painkillers for bruising. Toni Connell, 37, has been left bedridden and unable to play with her children after a family afternoon at an adventure playground left her with the agonising injury - which she says doctors failed to spot despite taking an X-ray. Toni, from Rotherham, South Yorks., who was injured when her children urged her to have a go on a slide, said she pleaded with doctors to let her stay after she broke her back in two places - leaving one of the bones in her spine pushing into a nerve. Stay-at-home mother-of-nine Toni said: "It's disgusting they didn't spot it straight away - if I hadn't returned to hospital and carried on with my rout

She has been left bedridden after suffering the injury which she claims doctors failed to spot despite taking an X-ray.

Toni, from Whiston, who was injured falling off a slide, broke her back in two places – leaving one of the bones in her spine pushing into a nerve.

The mother-of-nine said: “It’s disgusting they didn’t spot it straight away – if I’d carried on with my routine I could have been left with really long-lasting damage or even paralysed.”

Toni was taken to Rotherham Hospital after her children fetched first-aiders.

She said: “After the X-ray I was told it was all clear and nothing was broken. The next day I saw a physio who told me I was going to need crutches.”

Toni was sent home with painkillers but was in so much pain she couldn’t use crutches or a wheelchair.

“Back at the hospital they looked at the X-ray and just said I’d done some damage but again no breaks. They just wanted to either send me home or give me more tablets.

“I saw an orthopaedic consultant the next morning on the ward – finally he told me what I wanted to hear. He said ‘you’ve broken your back in two places’.”

Toni later had an operation at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

A spokeswoman for Rotherham hospital said: “We are very sorry to hear Mrs Connell is unhappy about the treatment she received. The trust’s patient experience team is working with her.”