PENSIONER Margaret Dixon, whose seven cancelled shoulder operations sparked a major political row, has finally undergone her operation.
Mrs Dixon, 69, from Penketh, Warrington, had the operation yesterday at Warrington General hospital where she is now recovering.
Her daughter Lindsay, 33, today said the operation, in which Mrs Dixon had a 30-70 chance of survival, had been a success.
She said: "I rang this morning and she is comfortable."
Mrs Dixon got a phone call from the hospital at 8pm on Tuesday and went in for the operation yesterday.
The operation was not due to take place until next week.
The political storm surrounding the case began two weeks ago in the House of Commons when Tory leader Michael Howard highlighted it during Prime Minister's Questions.
He said Mrs Dixon was in constant pain because of her broken shoulder and claimed operations had been cancelled seven times.
Mr Howard then invited Mrs Dixon's family to his London home and held a press conference where he said Mrs Dixon had been let down by a system which had devoted too much money to bureaucracy and not enough to patients themselves.
But Labour hit back. Health secretary John Reid accused the Tories of "human shield" tactics and said Mr Howard had not told the truth about the cancelled operations, of which the hospital said there were only three.
Dr Reid also accused Mr Howard of turning the case into a political stunt, and refused to visit Mrs Dixon at her home, claiming Conservative Party aides were behind the invitation.
Speaking at the family home with her father Ken, 69, Miss Dixon praised the work of the hospital staff.
She said: "We have never had any complaints about the hospital, it has been about the government funding.
"Mum has always been treated with the utmost care and consideration."
A spokesman for the department of health said they wish Mrs Dixon "a full and speedy recovery".