Grandmother, 63, has two months to live after doctors have dismissed her spinal cord cancer as a hernia
Grandmother, 63, has two months to live after doctors repeatedly dismissed her spinal cord cancer as a hernia
- Linda Hind had a scan in November, which according to doctors showed a hernia
- Consultant & # 39; who actually had brains & # 39; looked closer at the hospital notes
- Was diagnosed with spinal cord cancer that spread to her brain last month
A grandmother is said to have only two months to live after doctors have repeatedly treated her spinal cord cancer as a hernia.
Linda Hind, 63, has been in pain since she hurt her back in September last year.
Mrs. Hind, who lives in the village of Edrom on the Scottish Borders, had a scan performed in November that doctors claimed had lost a disk.
After being sent home three times with painkillers from the hospital, a consultant & # 39; who actually had a brain looked & # 39; her patient notes.
This led to Ms. Hind being diagnosed with spinal cord cancer that spread to her brain last month.
A neurosurgeon has since told Mrs. Hind that he could have treated her if she had come six months earlier.
Linda Hind (photo) has only two months to live after doctors have treated her spinal cord cancer as a hernia. She claims that she was repeatedly sent from the hospital with painkillers
The grandmother claims she was only diagnosed after a consultant who actually had & # 39; a brain & # 39; had taken a good look at her notes in the hospital. The disease has spread from her backbone to her brain
Speaking of the ordeal, Mrs. Hind said: “When I was told that I only had two months to go, my heart broke.
& # 39; I know I will not see my grandchildren grow up and I will miss all their milestones. & # 39;
Mrs. Hind claims that she was admitted to Borders General Hospital two or three times after injuring her back.
On every occasion, she reportedly got painkillers and sent home.
WHAT IS SPINAL CANCER?
Spinal cord cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow uncontrollably in the spinal cord or the bones, tissues, fluid, or nerves that make up the spinal cord.
The disease is relatively rare and affects around 24,000 Americans every year. The British prevalence is unclear.
- Muscle weakness
- Trouble walking
The diagnosis of spinal cord cancer is complex.
It is an angiography, a kind of X-ray that looks at blood vessels.
It also includes a bone scan, lumbar puncture and other imaging tests.
Treatment varies depending on the location and severity of the tumor.
Surgery only takes place when the tumor affects only one part of the spinal cord.
Chemo can be administered orally, intravenously or directly into the spinal fluid.
Radiotherapy is often used after a tumor has been removed to destroy microscopic malignant cells that may have been left behind.
& # 39; The pain got worse and worse, and I live alone, so I couldn't take it & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; One time they fired me at lunch and I was back early that evening.
& # 39; Another time someone, maybe a neighbor, called 999 and brought me back to the hospital. & # 39;
Mrs. Hind claims she received a letter from NHS Borders a few months ago.
Allegedly the doctor made an X-ray before Christmas, but forgot to follow it up.
This led to Mrs. Hind meeting a specialist last month.
& # 39; I was seen by a consultant at Borders General who actually had a brain & she said.
& # 39; He said to me: "Linda, I am not happy with these notes, something is wrong here. Please give me five to ten minutes to read them."
Once diagnosed, Mrs. Hind met a neurosurgeon at the Western General in Edinburgh, whom she had begged & # 39; months ago & # 39; to be referred.
He reportedly told her & # 39; if you had been here six months earlier, I could have done something. & # 39;
Mrs. Hind and her family are considering taking legal action against the confidence of NHS Borders.
& # 39; What I want is to tell the truth, do their job well and diagnose patients the way they are meant to be, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I just don't want them to get the chance to do this to someone else.
& # 39; Everyone who knows me knows that I am not complaining. If I have to go to the doctor, I have to go, it's not a social matter.
& # 39; If I had treated my dog like this, I would be in jail. & # 39;
NHS Borders claims that it is trying to contact Ms. Hind to discuss her case and review the care provided.
In a statement a trust spokesperson said: “Care and treatment of all our patients is a priority for NHS Borders.
& # 39; Although we cannot comment on individual cases in public because of the confidentiality of the patient, we are very sorry to hear about Mrs. Hind's disease and the concerns she has expressed.
& # 39; We are trying to contact Ms. Hind to offer a meeting to discuss the care she has received and to give her the opportunity to discuss her experience with us. & # 39;
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