A daughter who became a carer for her mum after a medical procedure went horribly wrong is now helping others fight for their rights as she sets out to train as a clinical-negligence lawyer.
Kendyl Moore, 22, has been caring for her mum Nicola Richardson, 49, since she was left with irreversible damage in her neck, arm and hand when a doctor damaged a nerve while giving her an injection for back pain in 2003.
She was so inspired by her mum’s successful fight for compensation that she decided that she wanted to become a clinical-negligence solicitor and went to university to study law.
Kendyl, who carried out her studies at the University of Huddersfield while still caring for her mother at home in Oldham, graduated with a first-class honours degree.
She went on to complete her Master of Law and Practice qualification and has now secured a legal training contract with Pearsons Solicitors in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Kendyl, from Shaw, said: “What happened to my mum has affected her in so many ways. It has changed her life completely. It certainly made my mind up to go into practicing clinical negligence.
“What happened has helped me to understand how such traumatic life changing incidents affect people emotionally too. I know mum is really proud that I chose to stick with it.”
Kendyl’s mother has permanent problems down the right side of her arm and neck since the needle hit a nerve during the procedure more than a decade ago.
Her solicitors reached an out of court settlement in 2008. Kendyl originally wanted to join the police but changed her career choice after experiencing her mum’s compensation battle.
She has now achieved her goal despite spending nearly 20 hours a week caring for her mother and holding down a part-time job.
While studying for her degree, she was regularly awake at 3am to speak by phone to her boyfriend, Daniel, who was serving as a soldier in Afghanistan.
Kendyl now hopes to use her degree to help others fight medical-negligence claims.
Kendyl’s mum Nicola Richardson said: “I’m extremely proud of Kendyl. She had an awful lot going on while she was studying. She’s just a very focused girl and nothing was going to stop her.
“She was determined that, after what happened to me, she wanted to go into clinical negligence to help other people.”