Family of former King's Lynn surgeon helps to shine new light on breast care
The family of a pioneering surgeon has funded new equipment to support the work of the current team of breast care doctors at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Mike Hudson, who died in 2017, aged 81, played a leading role in the creation of a multi-disciplinary unit at the hospital when national screening programmes began in the early 1990s.
Now, donations from his funeral have been used to pay for a specialist headworn light which surgeons can wear during operations.
And members of Mr Hudson’s family have been to the hospital to see the equipment for themselves.
His widow, Sally, said: “Mike was well-known and much loved so we felt it was important for the money to go towards something special for the Unit and its patients.
“As a surgeon, Mike will be fondly remembered for fiddling with the overhead lights in theatre so he would think this head torch is a great idea.
“He enjoyed being part of the trust and working with its staff and patients. Years after he retired, Mike would still be recognised by his patients for the difference he made to their lives.”
Mr Hudson worked in the QEH unit having previously written academic papers on the benefits of screening programmes after winning a scholarship to study in America in the 1970s.
Consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon Amy Burger said the device was already making a big difference to the work of her and her colleagues.
She said: “We are incredibly grateful to Mike’s family for the donation which has allowed us to buy this light.
“The light has made a big difference to intricate surgery, particularly reconstructive operations, as the powerful beam follows the line of my eyesight.
“Mike played an important role in the creation of the West Norfolk Breast Unit and it is fitting that it is a surgical device has been purchased in his memory.”