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Family's urgent appeal to fund life-changing operation

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Vinnie Marshall from Kent is trying to raise £45,000 to pay for an life-changing operation in what the teenager hoped would be the last of 15 operations by his local NHS.

The teenager crashed his moped near Bluewater in 2016 and lost movement in his arm.

He now needs specialist "Free Muscle Transplant" surgery.

Last month, one doctor who could have restored his arm left the NHS so friends and family are trying to raise the money to carry out the operation privately.

Those around Vinnie have, so far, raised more than £12,000.

"The consultant surgeon that intended to perform the surgery left RNOH on December 31 2017. This particular surgery is highly specialised and there was a waiting list. All patients waiting for this surgery were informed that the consultant was leaving.

"Commissioners (CCGs and NHS England Specialised Commissioning) were also informed. With the departure of the consultant surgeon, the RNOH is no longer able to offer this specialist service. At this time, we understand the consultant surgeon has not taken up another position within the NHS. Commissioner decisions are required about how this service is commissioned going forward."

– Tony Higgins, communications manager of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust