20-stone woman refused operation

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20-stone woman refused operation

An operation on a 20-stone woman was cancelled - because she was too fat, a hospital confirmed last night.

Kings Mill Hospital at Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, says Leena Nicholson was over the weight limit for the operating table.

But Ms Nicholson, 42, from nearby Mansfield, has complained to the authorities that she was insulted by the remarks of anaesthetist Dr Martin Clark. Dr Clark is currently on holiday and unavailable for comment.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed the complaint had been received and was now being dealt with "in a confidential and appropriate way". Ms Nicholson has vowed not to return to the unit for a hysterectomy operation - and has consulted a solicitor about her case.