A former carer is set to pursue compensation following knee surgery which she claims has left her unable to work, reports north-east newspaper the Evening Gazette.
Mother of two Maureen Nielssen was operated on at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital - run by the South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust - earlier this year in a procedure to trim cartilage.
The 55-year-old says that, following the operation, she was informed that scissors had broken during the keyhole surgery and that a small fragment remained in her knee.
She stated: "The fragment can be taken out, but it will leave a scar and I've been told there is also the danger that it could cause paralysis if removed."
Ms Nielssen added that she cannot return to her work as a carer because of the difficulty she has in moving around.
She is now seeking compensation from the hospital trust for loss of earnings and physical pain.