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.
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.”