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pounds 15KPAYOUT AFTER MAGIC MAN'S BLIGHT OF HAND; Doctors failed to spot Kyle's severed tendon.

Byline: Warren Manger

A RENOWNED magician has won pounds 15,000 compensation after doctors at a Warwickshire hospital failed to spot a severed tendon in his hand.

Kyle Summers feared his career was about to disappear as the injury left him unable to move his thumb.

By the time the problem was finally spotted weeks later the severed tendon was beyond repair.

The entertainer needed two painful operations and months of specialist physiotherapy before he was finally able to perform again.

Kyle said: "Suffering even the slightest hand impairment is an absolute nightmare for any magician.

"I would hate anyone else to find themselves in my position simply because a medic missed something as relatively straightforward as a severed tendon."

Kyle was injured when a cup he was cleaning shattered in his hand. The 40-year-old raced to George Eliot Hospital, where doctors took an X-ray to ensure there was no china lodged in his left thumb.

However, they did not check if the tendon was severed before stitching him back up and even recorded in his notes that it was still intact.

As a result a GP and physiotherapist put Kyle's problems with his thumb down to swelling before they spotted the problem six weeks later.

"The cut went right through to the bone, so there was no way in hell the tendon could not have been severed," said Californianborn Kyle, who lives with his partner in Burbage.

"But no-one spotted it because they were taking notice of that bogus claim in the notes."

Kyle needed two operations to insert a rod to re-open the carpal tunnel in his wrist and attach a thicker tendon before he started to recover.

The loss of dexterity in his hand also forced Kyle to master a new technique for a key move - the overhand shuffle - to prevent cards flying out of the deck during his act.

Kyle is now back to his best as one of the most popular close-up magicians in the country, performing for the likes of film director Michael Winner, JCB founder Lord Bamford and former Lord Chancellor Lord McKay.

However, for months Kyle was unable to perform. The most he could do was work on several books he was writing, typing with two fingers.

He hired personal injury specialists Harvey Ingram to seek compensation. George Eliot NHS Trust settled out of court for pounds 15,000.

Solicitor Dawn Slow said she was pleased with the outcome, adding: "Kyle is a hugely talented individual and it would have been a tragedy if the injury had a long-term impact on his ability to perform."

George Eliot Hospital said it did not comment on individual cases.

See Kyle in action at www.kylesummers.co.uk.

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