Patient left severely disabled after poor medical care for spine tumour

  • July 19, 2018
  • Delayed diagnosis, reporting and treatment left Simon on crutches and doubly incontinent – a tumour on his spine which was eventually removed was found to be linked to testicular cancer which had spread, needing chemotherapy, blood transfusion and bone marrow transplants.

    Amrit Dhaliwal of Medical Accident Group has supported Simon throughout the investigation into his situation – he had been to hospital four times complaining of severe and increasing back pain with no evidence of any injury. On his fifth visit, when he could not move or use his right leg and rapidly lost power in his left leg, he was scanned.

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    The scan showed a large tumour on his spine which was pressing on his spinal cord – he underwent emergency surgery and was left with very limited movement from the waist down and was doubly incontinent. He suffered from pressure sores while in hospital and was also injured, while undergoing chemotherapy, by a drip stand falling on his leg.

    To treat his testicular cancer, Simon had three batches of chemotherapy, the last of which almost killed him – he was in intensive care for six weeks.

    Now out of hospital, he cannot walk without crutches and uses a wheelchair. Expert opinion has established that if he had been diagnosed or treated properly at one of his earlier hospital visits, with scans and the involvement of neurologists, he would have been spared the extensive nerve damage which has caused his current difficulties.

    Amrit said: “It’s clear that there was negligence here – he would not now be in such difficulty if he had been referred for surgery earlier. There were failures in A and E and in radiology which have had a devastating impact on his life – he may need to re-think his living arrangements in light of his reduced mobility and it is not clear yet how this will affect his life expectancy.

    “He came to us to find answers and to seek justice – many of our clients want, more than anything else, to make sure that lessons are learned and that no-one else has to suffer as they have done.”

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