Todays Date: Sunday 19th April 2015

Patient Stories

Dear Penny

I enclose some photographs of the hospital during the 1930s which belonged to my mother. She spent almost three years in the Woodlands from 1931 to 1934 and celebrated her 18th birthday while on one of the wards.

Mom was admitted to the hospital suffering with a spinal problem which I believe was a tuberculosis spine. She had to undergo surgery to remove a bone from her spine and replace it with bone grafted from her leg which must have been a very advanced treatment at the time.

At the time, mom was Winifred Mary Allen. While she was at the hospital my father asked her to marry him and they became engaged whilst she was still an inpatient. They eventually married in July 1939, so the operation must have been a success. They went on to have two sons, of which I am the youngest, and six grandchildren. I have good reason to be grateful to the Woodlands Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

Yours sincerely,

David Martin, Great Barr