Personal Views

Do hospitals support disabled employees?

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6981.745 (Published 18 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:745
  1. Sheila Macpherson

    From the moment I was admitted to hospital until my discharge seven months later, and since then, friends, doctors, physiotherapists, and patients have said to me, “You should write a book or a personal view.” My initial reaction to this was that it had all been said before.

    I had just passed the fellowship examination of the Royal College of Surgeons and my whole life was ahead of me when I was admitted to hospital with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. I became paraplegic and dysphasic, developed a spastic paralysis of my left arm, and was fed through a nasogastric tube. That was in July 1993. My left arm and speech are now completely normal. I am still wheelchair dependent, but my paraplegia is slowly resolving thanks to time, patience, endless physiotherapy, the unfailing love …

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