Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

DE­SCRIB­ING his con­di­tion, which he claims is still de­bil­i­tat­ing, Mr Hol­ness said: “My calves swell up, I can’t stand up too long and I can’t sit down for very long. “The first blood clots I had in my legs were in 2002, one in my left leg and one in my right leg. “I went to Ash­ford one morn­ing, and I felt a tin­gling in the back of my calf. “I went to the doc­tor, but he said it was just mus­cle pain. “Then my calf swelled up to three times the size it should be.” Mr Hol­ness was di­ag­nosed with deep vein throm­bo­sis (DVT), and was pre­scribed drugs to thin his blood. In Septem­ber 2005, a De­part­ment of Work and Pen­sions’ med­i­cal check up con­cluded that he was well enough to re­turn to work. An of­fi­cial tri­bunal took place in Ash­ford in Jan­uary 2006, which Mr Hol­ness did not at­tend. In his ab­sence the doc­tor’s orig­i­nal de­ci­sion was con­firmed. Mr Hol­ness says he was ad­mit­ted to the William Har­vey Hospi­tal again in Oc­to­ber 2005 with an­other sus­pected blood clot.

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