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Father who was operated on by sacked surgeon tells of 'constant pain' and how he lost his job

A father-of-three who underwent botched treatment at the hands of a disgraced surgeon has told how he lost his job and lives in pain after the ordeal.

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Rhys Corbally said he has suffered greatly since the surgeries

Rhys Corbally from Rugeley has spoken for the first time about the impact his shoulder issues have had on his life and how he’s had to give up his career and playing rugby.

It comes after an assessment of his care, carried out as part of a wider review of up to 600 patients operated on by surgeon Mian Munawar Shah at Walsall Manor Hospital, found his treatment did not reach the standards health bosses would expect.

Mr Shah was sacked after hundreds of hospital patients were recalled amid concerns about shoulder operations. He carried out private work for Spire Healthcare and NHS operations at Walsall Manor Hospital and Spire Little Aston between 2010 and 2020.

Some patients have lost the use of their arm and live in constant pain since their operations.

Some even received compensation for botched operations, but Mr Shah continued operating.

Mr Corbally, 35, who used to play rugby for his local club, began to suffer recurrent dislocations of his left shoulder when playing rugby in 2012.

Bosses at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust have apologised after a review found “treatment under Mr Shah did not reach the standards we would expect and felt that this resulted in causing you harm”.

He was referred to Mr Shah and diagnosed with a shoulder injury including ligament damage and bone loss, so underwent latarjet surgery performed by Mr Shah in August 2014. The procedure saw bone grafted from his shoulder blade to build up his shoulder socket.

However, following surgery, Mr Corbally complained of stiffness pain and ongoing problems with pins and needles but, following follow up appointments and X-rays, he was discharged from Mr Shah’s clinic in 2015.

In 2018 Mr Corbally, who was then a plumber, fell at work and attended an appointment with Mr Shah in May 2018, with X-rays showing the latarjet repair from 2015 had fractured and screws holding the bone graft in place had broken.

He underwent a second latarjet procedure in which bone was taken from a donor, but complained of significant ongoing problems including pain, limited movement and ongoing pins and needles.