Town clubs together to purchase machine for cancer patients
Residents of Cleobury Mortimer, near Kidderminster, have donated £6000 to Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre for a new piece of equipment to treat breast cancer survivors.
The equipment, a fat transfer machine, allows hospital staff to remodel patients’ breasts, following cancer treatment, in a faster and less invasive way.
Led by cancer survivor Shaunah Murrell, the town held a series of ‘diminishing tea parties’ and ‘advent soup suppers’ to raise the funds. Their total was then doubled by Lloyds TLC bank.
Shaunah, aged 77, was treated at the hospital in 2013. She said “I’ve bored all my friends to tears telling them about my treatment at Kidderminster. I was overwhelmed by the care the team provided me.
“Breast cancer is such a frightening thing, the fact that the staff at the hospital are so fantastic really helps you get through it.
“I was determined to do something to give back to those who cared for me. It wasn’t long before the whole town was behind the cause and the money was raised.”
Manager at Lloyds TLC, Sue Cole said “We all know people who have been treated for breast cancer. This was a great opportunity for us to give back to the community in a way that will help provide even better treatment for future patients.”
Consultant Breast Surgeon, Miss Michelle Mullan said “Surgery that removes part of the breast can be effective in the treatment of breast cancer but occasionally results in minor tissue loss and distortion in shape.
“By using a fat transfer machine, lipofilling can be performed as a day case with minimal scarring and a recovery time of a few days. The machine removes fat from a patient’s abdomen and processes it so we are able to insert it into their breast.
“We are so grateful for this donation. Our old machine took an hour to do what this new machine does in 10 minutes. This means less time under the knife for our patients which helps speed up their recovery.”