Mother left unable to breathe unaided or speak after botched routine thyroid operation is horrified to learn surgeon can work again

Mother's horror as surgeon who left her unable to speak or breathe after botched thyroid op is allowed to work again Jo Roche, 43, had routine surgery to remove the thyroid gland on her neckThe operation, due to take up to three hours, was done in 90 minutes and left her barely able to speak after the vocal cords were damaged Also needed a tube through her neck and into her windpipe to allow her to breathe properlySurgeon was suspended last year after mistreating patients and lying to coronerNow declared fit to work again by the General Medical Council, much to the horror of Mrs Roche and others treated by him | UPDATED: 20:10 GMT, 27 December 2012 A mother-of-two who has been left breathing through a tube and barely able to speak after a routine operation went wrong has spoken of her horror that the surgeon is being allowed to work again.

Christmas party SOS: "Tis the season to sing carols – not the time to lose your voice

Christmas party SOS: 'Tis the season to sing carols – not the time to lose your voiceThe guide to save your vocal chords for carolling and Christmas cheer | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 15 December 2012 Plunging temperatures, sore throats, lusty carol-singing and the drying effect of central heating are just a few elements of the Christmas party season that conspire against the vocal cords.

Woman, 21, may never speak again after losing her voice in February because of severe laryngitis

Woman, 21, may never speak again after losing her voice in February because of severe laryngitis Alice has had to give up her job as a lifeguard as she cannot communicate with swimmersShe cannot receive disability benefits until she has had no voice for a year | UPDATED: 10:32 GMT, 3 September 2012 Alice Mitchell, 21, shows the sign language symbol for the voice.

Magic gel that could put Julie back on song

Magic gel that could put Julie back on song: Pioneering treatment could restore damaged vocal cords | UPDATED: 00:36 GMT, 21 August 2012 She was devastated when her five-octave singing voice was rendered ‘pretty non-existent’ by a botched operation 15 years ago.