Moira had suffered with severe tinnitus and deafness in one ear for three years. This caused an incessant loud noise in her head which was having a significant impact on her mental health. Moira’s consultant thought that she could benefit from a cochlear implant and was willing to perform the operation, but the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) repeatedly refused to fund it. Moira and her family were really upset by the situation. Moira felt that her life was no longer worth living, and at one stage attempted to take her own life. Moira told her GP that it would be inhuman to leave her suffering when treatment was available. The GP eventually managed to secure funding for her treatment from an alternative source.
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