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Mother who claims daughter needs a wheelchair because of NHS blunders confronts CAUSE after image of girl dancing in stage show

A MUM who has claimed her daughter in need of a wheelchair following NHS blunders is now facing CAUSE after the girl was pictured dancing during stage shows.

Natasha Colley sued the NHS for £7.3m in 2016, claiming her daughter Megan – born with a dislocated hip – was left severely disabled after doctors failed to correct the problem during surgery when she was young.

Megan Colley was born with a lopsided hip and had to undergo several surgeries at a young age

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Megan Colley was born with a lopsided hip and had to undergo several surgeries at a young ageCredit: Champion News
Investigations show that Megan took a course in the performing arts

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Investigations show that Megan took a course in the performing artsCredit: Champion News

The Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust admitted breaching obligations on how to perform operations for Megan, now 21, valuing the claim at around £65,000.

But Ms Colley demanded a whopping £7.3million, claiming the mistakes meant Megan had been “substantially dependent on an out-of-door wheelchair with consequent dependencies, such as people have to push her”.

But investigations revealed that Megan took a course in the performing arts.

And videos and social media posts show her standing on her feet, singing, dancing and performing in stage shows without apparent difficulty, the NHS Trust said.

NHS lawyers said Meghan was hailed by tutors on the course as a “strong dancer” and “star student” and expressed “surprise” to learn she was classified as severely disabled.

The claim never went to trial because Megan withdrew her support days before it had to go to court.

But now her mother is facing an NHS Trust petition asking her to sit behind bars in contempt of court after being accused of lying about her daughter’s disability.

Megan was not charged with contempt in court.

Her mother has doubled down on what she has to say about her daughter’s condition, claiming that the performances take place on “good days” with the help of strong painkillers, and cause her pain. secret pain afterwards.

Sitting at London’s High Court, Mr Justice Bourne heard that Megan was born in July 2000, with hip dysplasia.

Her mother, who is from Hull and works in a chip shop, allegedly made four false statements about the impact of surgery to correct her daughter’s hip problems when she was a child.

The NHS admitted responsibility – but claimed £65,500 would compensate Megan.

But Natasha insists Megan was in a wheelchair while she was at school and when she was in college due to missteps.

She claims her daughter is so severely disabled that she deserves £7.3million in compensation – later revised to £5.5million after video evidence was revealed.

Caroline Harrison QC, for the NHS Trust, told the judge they had gathered the reports from the University of Hull teaching assistants, who taught her while she earned her performing arts degree.

And Ms Harrison said staff were “shocked” and “astonished” by the allegations of mobility difficulties.

She said: “They describe her energetic stage work, which includes dancing.

“Her tutors do not assist with any special arrangements made or requested by her.

“The tutors didn’t recognize the disabled portrait drawn by her mother.

“Their experience of her as a star student, a powerful dancer and singer, who doesn’t shy away from dancing energetically, who doesn’t need help changing clothes or shoes, and shows no signs of pain , distress or difficulty after performing.”

The court was shown footage of Megan performing on stage on shows including Oliver, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Beauty and the Beast.

Megan also posted videos on social media showing her standing and singing, and stated that she has starred in shows and wants to “build a career in performing and modeling”.

Ms Harrison told Judge Megan signed an agreement with the university in August 2018 that said she was “not a wheelchair user”.

When she brought a wheelchair to college, it was brief, which the lawyer claims “supports the suggestion that it is more of a prop than it is really necessary”.

‘EXAGGERATION’

Mrs Harrison admitted it had to be modified to accommodate Megan’s hip problems as dancing became “technically more difficult” – but insisted the hips “appear only to cause transient problems for her”. “.

But the attorney said Natasha “affirms that it is true that her daughter used a wheelchair at Hull College and that she had a teaching assistant to push her around”.

Natasha testified in court that her daughter took painkillers so she could walk on the days she was being filmed and she had good days and bad days.

But the lawyer insisted she was guilty of “forgery involving exaggeration of her daughter’s mobility and disability”.

The court was shown video from 2018 of Megan walking unaided, eating chips, getting on the bus by herself, shopping alone and riding the escalator.

Ms. Harrison also told the judge that there was “absolutely no documentation related to a wheelchair in any of (Megan)’s educational records”.

She told the court: “There is no question that she received extensive surgical treatment before she was seven years old.

“There’s been a real fundamental statement.

“But making willfully false statements in documents backed up by statements of fact deployed to support a case is equally egregious even if it’s a made-up claim’ cash for breakdown’ or had a real base case.

“What Hull has to prove is a deviation of the statements from the criminal standard.

“The whole body of evidence shows beyond reasonable doubt that Natasha’s statements about her daughter’s use of a wheelchair are untrue and that they were made dishonestly with the intention of…to inflate love. her claim.”

Selena Jones, defending Natasha Colley, cross-examined tutors from the University of Hull who taught Megan, asked if “maybe Megan was covering up” the pain she was experiencing while performing.

One tutor said: “That’s possible, yes.”

The trial continued.

Megan (centre right) is described as a 'star student' in her performing arts course

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Megan (centre right) is described as a ‘star student’ in her performing arts courseCredit: Champion News
Natasha Colley claims her daughter is so severely disabled that she deserves £7.3m compensation

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Natasha Colley claims her daughter is so severely disabled that she deserves £7.3m compensationCredit: Champion News

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Bobby Allyn

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