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Eye campaign victory for patient Jacqui
5:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A TRAINEE teacher who lost an eye to an infection is celebrating a victory in her battle for improved diagnosis.
Jacqui Stone underwent 22 operations last year as doctors battled to save her left eye, but it had to be removed.
Mrs Stone, a trainee teacher at Tabor Academy in Braintree, claims her fungus fusarium infection was caused by a contact lens.
Jacqui has been calling for consultants to be made aware of the signs and symptoms of such infections after medics were slow to stop her infections.
Mum-of-two Mrs Stone , of Capel Close, Rayne, is celebrating after seminars at a national conference for Staff and Associate Specialist ophthalmologists were tailored towards corneal infections and fungal infections relating to contact lens wear.
The topics were added to agenda for the annual conference in Birmingham after Mrs Stone got in touch with Kathy Evans, chief executive of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Mrs Stone said: “It’s a long haul but if we can get the consultants knowing about it then hopefully misdiagnosis won’t be so common.
“It’s certainly a big step in the right direction but we’ve still got a long way to go.”
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