Coronation Street star Beverley Callard feared she would be unable to walk again after a routine keyhole operation led to a full hip replacement.
The 63-year-old is considering legal action against the hospital in which the surgery was carried out, after being told by a consultant that the operation never should have been carried out.
Callard, whose last scenes as Liz McDonald aired in June, underwent a minor operation in March after being told she has a soft tissue tear in her right hip.
The actress was told that the surgery had went well, but in the following days, Beverley was in agony.
She told the Sunday Mirror: ‘I have been in the most excruciating pain you can imagine – like teeth grinding inside my hip.
‘But worse than that was the mental torture of thinking ‘is this the end for me?
‘A huge part of me thought I’d never be able to return to Coronation Street – that I wouldn’t even walk again.’
When Beverley returned to the doctor, she was told that the operation hadn’t gone well, and that her hip had ‘crumbled’ and needed further operations.
The soap star was given painkillers as she waited for a further operation but was left in excruciating pain, to the point where she couldn’t sleep.
Callard waited for the surgery for months, when in July she was told that the hospital was unable to carry out the operation because her consultant was not around.
After securing an appointment, the actress was told that she had ‘bone rubbing on bone’ and that in her consultant’s opinion, she shouldn’t have undergone the operation in the first place.
Callard underwent a hip replacement on July 20, and while she is recovering, she reportedly is still suffering from the effects of the first op.
She said: ‘I’ve got nerve damage, muscle damage. a lot of muscle has wasted away because I couldn’t walk.
‘Now I’m learning how to walk on both legs again. At one point we thought we might have to have a stairlift installed in the house.’
Beverley was forced to leave Corrie without a planned dramatic exit storyline after the pandemic shut down production.
It was referenced on the soap by Liz’s son Steve (played by Simon Gregson) that the iconic Rovers landlady had moved to Spain.
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