Worthing teen died after doctors did not check for tumour, inquest hears

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A teenage girl whose brain tumour was missed by doctors was “highly likely” to have survived if she’d had a scan just hours before her death.

Lucy Goulding, 16, complained of chronic headaches, vomiting and dizziness for weeks – but “no one believed” her, an inquest into her death heard yesterday.

Despite several visits to her GP and admission to A&E, doctors thought she had a stress-related psychological condition.

Moments before she fell into a coma, the straight-A student told her mother she could no longer cope with the pain and wanted to die.


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Lucy, of Ringmer Road, Worthing, had just taken her GCSEs – but she did not live to learn she got straight As.

She died the day before she was due to be prom queen at Chatsmore Catholic High School’s graduation ball.

Described as a “delightful and much-loved” girl, Lucy developed headaches in May this year while revising for her exams.

She visited GP Dr Jaspal Mihal on four occasions but her symptoms were not fully explored, the coroner said.

On her fourth GP visit, Lucy’s mother Antonella asked the doctor to conduct a CT scan but was told there was “no evidence of a tumour”.

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After deteriorating further the following the day, Lucy was taken to A&E.

But medics at Worthing Hospital wanted to discharge Lucy to community and mental health services (CAMS), believing her condition was related to stress or a bulimic episode the year before.

Mrs Goulding persuaded doctors to admit her seriously-ill daughter but no neurological tests were carried out.

At the inquest Dr Mwape Kabole, consultant at Worthing A&E, apologised to the Goulding family and admitted Lucy’s assessment was incomplete and that she should have had a CT scan.

At about 3am Lucy told her mother: “I can’t cope with this any more. I just want to die.”

She closed her eyes, collapsed into a coma and stopped breathing.

Lucy was resuscitated and put into intensive care but was assessed as brain dead by the time she arrived at Southampton Hospital’s neurological unit.

Specialist surgeons tried to drain fluid on her brain and remove the tumour but were unsuccessful.

Her life support was turned off on the morning of June 28 and she died shortly afterwards.

Paediatric neurosurgeon Aarbir Chakroborty said the tumour was exceptionally rare. But he said Lucy’s outlook would have been “very different” if it had been diagnosed.

Recording a narrative verdict, assistant coroner Karen Henderson said: “Lucy’s symptoms were not taken with sufficient seriousness and neither were Mrs Goulding’s anxieties.

“Little consideration was given and no action was taken to Lucy’s worsening condition.

“What’s striking is that no one believed Lucy Goulding and Antonella Goulding at any time upon her admission to the point of her collapse. Minds were closed to anything else but psychological cause of symptoms.”

The coroner said if Lucy had been treated in time it was “highly likely she would have been cured”.

Ms Henderson will write a prevention of future death report.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust accepted failings after reviewing Lucy’s case.

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9:52am Fri 13 Dec 13

jamus77 says...

This is a truly appalling example of medical negligence, where the patient's voice is repeatedly ignored by so-called experts. The weak links in the NHS are around diagnosis - people being told they are 'imagining things' and 'not to worry'. The blaze attitude of some GPs and consultants is breathtaking. Action should be taken against all involved. Deepest condolences to the family, to have lost such a beautiful, bright young woman.
This is a truly appalling example of medical negligence, where the patient's voice is repeatedly ignored by so-called experts. The weak links in the NHS are around diagnosis - people being told they are 'imagining things' and 'not to worry'. The blaze attitude of some GPs and consultants is breathtaking. Action should be taken against all involved. Deepest condolences to the family, to have lost such a beautiful, bright young woman. jamus77

11:15am Fri 13 Dec 13

tooned_in says...

What is happening to this once great country the NHS is a joke, waiting times & care.....its alright to accept your wrong and pay millions in compensation but the family has been robbed of what appears to be a very bright girl who had only just strted life & had a great future ahead of her all due to failed care.
God bless you Lucy, no longer on pain.
What is happening to this once great country the NHS is a joke, waiting times & care.....its alright to accept your wrong and pay millions in compensation but the family has been robbed of what appears to be a very bright girl who had only just strted life & had a great future ahead of her all due to failed care. God bless you Lucy, no longer on pain. tooned_in

11:29am Fri 13 Dec 13

angrymonkey says...

My dad was rushed into worthing twice after having fits but kick out both times the same day from AandE no idea why happening. As getting no where we had to pay to have a scan done private at Goring hall and found a brain tumour the size nearly of a tennis ball and then the NHS did something at Hurstwood where the doctors and staff are great . If we had not payed for it my dad might not be here now as the NHS did not care or maybe not want to spend money on a scan.
RIP to this poor girl and family the doctors that that sent her home should be sacked as need to learn to look into things more and not think about cost all the time and manages need to think about presue put on staff to save money and times down over care of people.
My wife been in worthing a rew times the last two years and you are treated like dirt at times.
My dad was rushed into worthing twice after having fits but kick out both times the same day from AandE no idea why happening. As getting no where we had to pay to have a scan done private at Goring hall and found a brain tumour the size nearly of a tennis ball and then the NHS did something at Hurstwood where the doctors and staff are great . If we had not payed for it my dad might not be here now as the NHS did not care or maybe not want to spend money on a scan. RIP to this poor girl and family the doctors that that sent her home should be sacked as need to learn to look into things more and not think about cost all the time and manages need to think about presue put on staff to save money and times down over care of people. My wife been in worthing a rew times the last two years and you are treated like dirt at times. angrymonkey

11:41am Fri 13 Dec 13

charlie smirke says...

All those wasted opportunities they had to prevent this and no-one did!
What's wrong with these so-called experts? Are they incompetent, lazy, or just plain stupid?
Say sorry, pay compensation, then go on and do it all again to someone else!
Nothing seems to change, you keep hearing of these cases of criminal neglect to patients. When will the powers that be, do something to stop this horrendous merry- go-round ??
RIP Lucy.
All those wasted opportunities they had to prevent this and no-one did! What's wrong with these so-called experts? Are they incompetent, lazy, or just plain stupid? Say sorry, pay compensation, then go on and do it all again to someone else! Nothing seems to change, you keep hearing of these cases of criminal neglect to patients. When will the powers that be, do something to stop this horrendous merry- go-round ?? RIP Lucy. charlie smirke

11:45am Fri 13 Dec 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

All the GP's and consultants involved should be investigated for gross negligence and if found that they have done this before, should be dismissed as unfit for the job they are employed for.

My sincere condolences to this poor girls family and friends.
All the GP's and consultants involved should be investigated for gross negligence and if found that they have done this before, should be dismissed as unfit for the job they are employed for. My sincere condolences to this poor girls family and friends. getThisCoalitionOut

12:57pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

While it is a shame do remember that they can't treat EVERYTHING as a major case. If everyone got CT scans etc etc and all saw top consultants whenever they wanted then the resoutrces would be exhausted in a very very short space of time. That is the point of triage. Sometimes things slip through. They are not perfect. The answer is certainly not LESS doctors!
While it is a shame do remember that they can't treat EVERYTHING as a major case. If everyone got CT scans etc etc and all saw top consultants whenever they wanted then the resoutrces would be exhausted in a very very short space of time. That is the point of triage. Sometimes things slip through. They are not perfect. The answer is certainly not LESS doctors! Cave Johnson

1:18pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Goldenwight says...

It is a tragedy, but unfortunately crucifying the guilty parties will not bring her back to life will it?

Instead, we should be looking at what went wrong, improving procedures and training, and ensuring that nothing like this ever happens again.

Hopefully this will happen, but I'm not holding my breath.
It is a tragedy, but unfortunately crucifying the guilty parties will not bring her back to life will it? Instead, we should be looking at what went wrong, improving procedures and training, and ensuring that nothing like this ever happens again. Hopefully this will happen, but I'm not holding my breath. Goldenwight

1:37pm Fri 13 Dec 13

juleshove says...

Terribly sad. Personally I would not want Dr Mihal as my doctor.
Terribly sad. Personally I would not want Dr Mihal as my doctor. juleshove

3:05pm Fri 13 Dec 13

ejoiner says...

So sorry for the sad loss for this family.

I see even the senior reporters can't check their facts. Who came up with CAMS and the fictitious community and mental health services (doesn't even make sense).
It's CAMHS -- the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Twenty seconds with Google would have shown you this, Finn.
So sorry for the sad loss for this family. I see even the senior reporters can't check their facts. Who came up with CAMS and the fictitious community and mental health services (doesn't even make sense). It's CAMHS -- the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Twenty seconds with Google would have shown you this, Finn. ejoiner

4:06pm Fri 13 Dec 13

BorisTheBulletDodger says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
While it is a shame do remember that they can't treat EVERYTHING as a major case. If everyone got CT scans etc etc and all saw top consultants whenever they wanted then the resoutrces would be exhausted in a very very short space of time. That is the point of triage. Sometimes things slip through. They are not perfect. The answer is certainly not LESS doctors!
This poor girl was complaining of the kind of pain that made her feel like she wanted die.
These second rate doctors make me so angry.
Yes they could of done a brain scan, They have the equipment and this girl clearly was a candidate for a brain scan.
Remember the NHS isnt free we actually pay for the service with the MANY taxes we pay that they just Pi$$ up the wall.
Shame on you Doctor Mihal you second rate GP
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: While it is a shame do remember that they can't treat EVERYTHING as a major case. If everyone got CT scans etc etc and all saw top consultants whenever they wanted then the resoutrces would be exhausted in a very very short space of time. That is the point of triage. Sometimes things slip through. They are not perfect. The answer is certainly not LESS doctors![/p][/quote]This poor girl was complaining of the kind of pain that made her feel like she wanted die. These second rate doctors make me so angry. Yes they could of done a brain scan, They have the equipment and this girl clearly was a candidate for a brain scan. Remember the NHS isnt free we actually pay for the service with the MANY taxes we pay that they just Pi$$ up the wall. Shame on you Doctor Mihal you second rate GP BorisTheBulletDodger

6:31pm Fri 13 Dec 13

clubrob6 says...

Unfortunately doctors don't always get it right.I went back and forth to my doctors for two years I knew there was something wrong but kept getting fobbed off,one day I was in so much pain I phoned a ambulance by the time I was seen the pain had eased I was given gaviscon and was told off for phoning a ambulance for a minor ailment.I then put up with the pain for another year and insisted I was sent for checks I had bowel cancer and liver cancer.I changed my doctors now had several major operations and chemo.The point im making is you know your own body if things don't improve push for further tests.I suppose I could have pushed for compensation but that would just take momey out of the NHS money that could be used to treat people.
Unfortunately doctors don't always get it right.I went back and forth to my doctors for two years I knew there was something wrong but kept getting fobbed off,one day I was in so much pain I phoned a ambulance by the time I was seen the pain had eased I was given gaviscon and was told off for phoning a ambulance for a minor ailment.I then put up with the pain for another year and insisted I was sent for checks I had bowel cancer and liver cancer.I changed my doctors now had several major operations and chemo.The point im making is you know your own body if things don't improve push for further tests.I suppose I could have pushed for compensation but that would just take momey out of the NHS money that could be used to treat people. clubrob6

8:44pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Anonanomaly says...

Same thing happened to my father. He was in bad shape, but they put it down to something completely unrelated to the actual problem. They were planning to send him home to 'recover', and I had to fight with several doctors before they agreed to let him have a scan. When the results came through, we were informed that he had an advanced brain tumor and was only given 2 months to live. After that, they at least made some effort to make arrangements for me to take care of him at home, providing a hospital bed and nurse visits. Shortly after receiving the devastating truth, I was waiting at a bus stop outside the hospital, and one of the doctors I argued with was walking down the street towards me. When he spotted me, he crossed the road and continued walking on the other side, because he was too much of a coward to face me (he also avoided me in the ward when I came to collect my father's belongings). For the record, it was Sussex.

My advice to family members who are worried about loved ones: you know those close to you far better than any doctor ever could. If something doesn't seem right, and you're not satisfied with what a doctor is telling you, take them head-on and fight for what is needed. To many of the overworked professionals in our hospitals, a patient is little more than a name on a chart sheet. It's up to loved ones to make sure that 'patient' is seen as a 'person'. My heart especially goes out to the elderly, who too often don't have a champion to make sure they get the treatment they deserve. The system is broken.
Same thing happened to my father. He was in bad shape, but they put it down to something completely unrelated to the actual problem. They were planning to send him home to 'recover', and I had to fight with several doctors before they agreed to let him have a scan. When the results came through, we were informed that he had an advanced brain tumor and was only given 2 months to live. After that, they at least made some effort to make arrangements for me to take care of him at home, providing a hospital bed and nurse visits. Shortly after receiving the devastating truth, I was waiting at a bus stop outside the hospital, and one of the doctors I argued with was walking down the street towards me. When he spotted me, he crossed the road and continued walking on the other side, because he was too much of a coward to face me (he also avoided me in the ward when I came to collect my father's belongings). For the record, it was Sussex. My advice to family members who are worried about loved ones: you know those close to you far better than any doctor ever could. If something doesn't seem right, and you're not satisfied with what a doctor is telling you, take them head-on and fight for what is needed. To many of the overworked professionals in our hospitals, a patient is little more than a name on a chart sheet. It's up to loved ones to make sure that 'patient' is seen as a 'person'. My heart especially goes out to the elderly, who too often don't have a champion to make sure they get the treatment they deserve. The system is broken. Anonanomaly

9:07pm Fri 13 Dec 13

jackthekipper says...

its a fekin disgrace and wouldnt happen in europe,the us or australia,our healthservice is way behind the rest of the civilised world
its a fekin disgrace and wouldnt happen in europe,the us or australia,our healthservice is way behind the rest of the civilised world jackthekipper

9:26pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mimseycal says...

For pity's sake ... do we really need to make matters even worse for the poor parents then they already are? I don't think for one single moment that this was intentional uncaring medical care. This was a GP, which means a General Practitioner, who used a past medical history to provide a diagnosis.

Brain tumours are notoriously difficult to diagnose and testing for them is costly and not the first thing that jumps to mind when confronted by a teenager who previously displayed a feeding disorder.

One of my own younglings was diagnosed wih brain tumours however that was preceded by a battery of other suggestions to the cause of her headaches and listlessness. It took well over a year to get the correct diagnosis and thankfully, in her case, the correct diagnosis came just in time ...
For pity's sake ... do we really need to make matters even worse for the poor parents then they already are? I don't think for one single moment that this was intentional uncaring medical care. This was a GP, which means a General Practitioner, who used a past medical history to provide a diagnosis. Brain tumours are notoriously difficult to diagnose and testing for them is costly and not the first thing that jumps to mind when confronted by a teenager who previously displayed a feeding disorder. One of my own younglings was diagnosed wih brain tumours however that was preceded by a battery of other suggestions to the cause of her headaches and listlessness. It took well over a year to get the correct diagnosis and thankfully, in her case, the correct diagnosis came just in time ... mimseycal

10:28pm Fri 13 Dec 13

jiving says...

Why is stuff like this happening in this day and age ? You should take everyone seriously everytime. My friends 11 year old sister dies a couple of years back. She had chronic stomach pain for 2 weeks. She went to the doctors surgery 4 times during this 2 week period. Each time she got turned away. They told her tut was stress , a stomach bug something she ate... It turned out she had appendicitis. It burst and the toxins seeped into her blood stream. She died because no one took her seriously and now this young girl has paid with her life as well. It needs to be sorted out NOW
Why is stuff like this happening in this day and age ? You should take everyone seriously everytime. My friends 11 year old sister dies a couple of years back. She had chronic stomach pain for 2 weeks. She went to the doctors surgery 4 times during this 2 week period. Each time she got turned away. They told her tut was stress , a stomach bug something she ate... It turned out she had appendicitis. It burst and the toxins seeped into her blood stream. She died because no one took her seriously and now this young girl has paid with her life as well. It needs to be sorted out NOW jiving

11:41pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Valerie Paynter says...

There is no excuse for what happened to this girl.

There is a problem IMHO with medicine. It is no longer an art. It does not value the proper cultivation of diagnostic skills. Unless they can see it or read it off a path lab report it is a problem for them. Maybe they were wizard at maths and sciences and got into medical school because of it. But aptitude for medicine needs sensitivity and a sixth sense. It needs some of what medical practice in various other cultures puts a high value on and the scientifically machine-like medical community sneers at.

Sadly this report brought back chilling memories of 1989/90 for me. I went repeatedly to my GP at that time with real fears for myself. Steady weight gain, weakness, swollen ankles....etc. He would just smile and tell me to change my diet and get more exercise. Over and over. Finally I was so ill I could go no more. I was vomiting, turning a colour that suggested a tan. I was in bed and my body jerked every couple of minutes. I called the out of hours Brightdoc service and the guy who came saved my life. He knew. And he gave me forms to take to my GP in the morning for an immediate blood test.

I remember wafting down there in an ethereal state to get the test done. I was in end stage renal failure and the blood test showed a toxic build up that was so off the scale it was almost unmeasureable. And the jerking had been almost-fits. There is something in me that is very strong because I should not have survived, but I did. The weight gain was a steady build up of fluids my kidneys could not clear - too scarred to do it.

I went onto dialysis to lose the fluid and the toxins and was lucky enough to get a truly perfect transplant 18 months later which 22 years on I still have. But without my persistance and confidence I was right and my GP was wrong I would have died back in 1990....as this poor girl sadly did.
There is no excuse for what happened to this girl. There is a problem IMHO with medicine. It is no longer an art. It does not value the proper cultivation of diagnostic skills. Unless they can see it or read it off a path lab report it is a problem for them. Maybe they were wizard at maths and sciences and got into medical school because of it. But aptitude for medicine needs sensitivity and a sixth sense. It needs some of what medical practice in various other cultures puts a high value on and the scientifically machine-like medical community sneers at. Sadly this report brought back chilling memories of 1989/90 for me. I went repeatedly to my GP at that time with real fears for myself. Steady weight gain, weakness, swollen ankles....etc. He would just smile and tell me to change my diet and get more exercise. Over and over. Finally I was so ill I could go no more. I was vomiting, turning a colour that suggested a tan. I was in bed and my body jerked every couple of minutes. I called the out of hours Brightdoc service and the guy who came saved my life. He knew. And he gave me forms to take to my GP in the morning for an immediate blood test. I remember wafting down there in an ethereal state to get the test done. I was in end stage renal failure and the blood test showed a toxic build up that was so off the scale it was almost unmeasureable. And the jerking had been almost-fits. There is something in me that is very strong because I should not have survived, but I did. The weight gain was a steady build up of fluids my kidneys could not clear - too scarred to do it. I went onto dialysis to lose the fluid and the toxins and was lucky enough to get a truly perfect transplant 18 months later which 22 years on I still have. But without my persistance and confidence I was right and my GP was wrong I would have died back in 1990....as this poor girl sadly did. Valerie Paynter

12:30am Sat 14 Dec 13

babsticals says...

So tragic.My thoughts go out to Lucy's family and friends.RIP sweetheart.x
So tragic.My thoughts go out to Lucy's family and friends.RIP sweetheart.x babsticals

8:14am Sat 14 Dec 13

roseAC says...

8 years ago my son died from a brain tumour. I had to beg the Paediatric department at Worthing Hospital to admit my son. He was eventually admitted after his fourth visit to the hospital. He wasn't properly monitored or investigated and this delay meant he died before he could have proper treatment. After my complaint was upheld by an external body, the Worthing Paediatric Dept eventually agreed to put measures in place to try and prevent this happening to another child. In view of the fact that Lucy Goulding and her family's experience was very similar to ours, I can only conclude that no meaningful changes were made.
8 years ago my son died from a brain tumour. I had to beg the Paediatric department at Worthing Hospital to admit my son. He was eventually admitted after his fourth visit to the hospital. He wasn't properly monitored or investigated and this delay meant he died before he could have proper treatment. After my complaint was upheld by an external body, the Worthing Paediatric Dept eventually agreed to put measures in place to try and prevent this happening to another child. In view of the fact that Lucy Goulding and her family's experience was very similar to ours, I can only conclude that no meaningful changes were made. roseAC

9:19am Sat 14 Dec 13

bobbys80 says...

We have had a similar experience at Worthing A&E. we had 4 trips in when my husband could not breathe because his throat kept closing up and was in so much pain he could not move. One trip in when we finally got to see a doctor. He hardly looked at him and just prescribed penicillin! GPs where a little better but diagnosis took too long and they still are not sure. Would avoid Worthing A&E if at all possible
We have had a similar experience at Worthing A&E. we had 4 trips in when my husband could not breathe because his throat kept closing up and was in so much pain he could not move. One trip in when we finally got to see a doctor. He hardly looked at him and just prescribed penicillin! GPs where a little better but diagnosis took too long and they still are not sure. Would avoid Worthing A&E if at all possible bobbys80

1:46pm Sat 14 Dec 13

agoulding says...

My daughter died in a hell of lot of pain and ....alone! Yes, her own GP was mentioned and wrightly so. I do think Dr Mihill recognised her mistakes and I really don't think she will make the same mistakes again. However the Hosptial doctors and nurses's names that saw Lucy were not mentioned . They made assumpltions and came up with the wrong conclusion and so let may Lucy die. I would like these people to remember Lucy's face when they go to sleep at night and everytime they see another child. I would like to say to any parent, please do not be afraid to challenge the health professsionals if you think there is something not quite right! Even knowing that my beautiful baby was ill, i trusted the doctors and let my beautiful daughter die'. Please challenge the Health Professioanls even if you have a little doubt that something is not right. Antonella Goulding
My daughter died in a hell of lot of pain and ....alone! Yes, her own GP was mentioned and wrightly so. I do think Dr Mihill recognised her mistakes and I really don't think she will make the same mistakes again. However the Hosptial doctors and nurses's names that saw Lucy were not mentioned . They made assumpltions and came up with the wrong conclusion and so let may Lucy die. I would like these people to remember Lucy's face when they go to sleep at night and everytime they see another child. I would like to say to any parent, please do not be afraid to challenge the health professsionals if you think there is something not quite right! Even knowing that my beautiful baby was ill, i trusted the doctors and let my beautiful daughter die'. Please challenge the Health Professioanls even if you have a little doubt that something is not right. Antonella Goulding agoulding

2:55pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

BorisTheBulletDodger wrote:
Cave Johnson wrote:
While it is a shame do remember that they can't treat EVERYTHING as a major case. If everyone got CT scans etc etc and all saw top consultants whenever they wanted then the resoutrces would be exhausted in a very very short space of time. That is the point of triage. Sometimes things slip through. They are not perfect. The answer is certainly not LESS doctors!
This poor girl was complaining of the kind of pain that made her feel like she wanted die.
These second rate doctors make me so angry.
Yes they could of done a brain scan, They have the equipment and this girl clearly was a candidate for a brain scan.
Remember the NHS isnt free we actually pay for the service with the MANY taxes we pay that they just Pi$$ up the wall.
Shame on you Doctor Mihal you second rate GP
My point is probably a great many also complain of terrible pain, whether they have it or not. You cannot divert all the resources each time a patient says so. It's not me being unsympathetic, its just the way it works. Triage is meant to decide who needs what treatment when. Otherwise when someone really needs treatment they can't get it becuase of someone else using the resources who may not need them.
[quote][p][bold]BorisTheBulletDodger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: While it is a shame do remember that they can't treat EVERYTHING as a major case. If everyone got CT scans etc etc and all saw top consultants whenever they wanted then the resoutrces would be exhausted in a very very short space of time. That is the point of triage. Sometimes things slip through. They are not perfect. The answer is certainly not LESS doctors![/p][/quote]This poor girl was complaining of the kind of pain that made her feel like she wanted die. These second rate doctors make me so angry. Yes they could of done a brain scan, They have the equipment and this girl clearly was a candidate for a brain scan. Remember the NHS isnt free we actually pay for the service with the MANY taxes we pay that they just Pi$$ up the wall. Shame on you Doctor Mihal you second rate GP[/p][/quote]My point is probably a great many also complain of terrible pain, whether they have it or not. You cannot divert all the resources each time a patient says so. It's not me being unsympathetic, its just the way it works. Triage is meant to decide who needs what treatment when. Otherwise when someone really needs treatment they can't get it becuase of someone else using the resources who may not need them. Cave Johnson

7:47pm Sat 14 Dec 13

babsticals says...

agoulding wrote:
My daughter died in a hell of lot of pain and ....alone! Yes, her own GP was mentioned and wrightly so. I do think Dr Mihill recognised her mistakes and I really don't think she will make the same mistakes again. However the Hosptial doctors and nurses's names that saw Lucy were not mentioned . They made assumpltions and came up with the wrong conclusion and so let may Lucy die. I would like these people to remember Lucy's face when they go to sleep at night and everytime they see another child. I would like to say to any parent, please do not be afraid to challenge the health professsionals if you think there is something not quite right! Even knowing that my beautiful baby was ill, i trusted the doctors and let my beautiful daughter die'. Please challenge the Health Professioanls even if you have a little doubt that something is not right. Antonella Goulding
Ah,bless ya.My heart goes out to you And your family Antonella.So very sad.X .
[quote][p][bold]agoulding[/bold] wrote: My daughter died in a hell of lot of pain and ....alone! Yes, her own GP was mentioned and wrightly so. I do think Dr Mihill recognised her mistakes and I really don't think she will make the same mistakes again. However the Hosptial doctors and nurses's names that saw Lucy were not mentioned . They made assumpltions and came up with the wrong conclusion and so let may Lucy die. I would like these people to remember Lucy's face when they go to sleep at night and everytime they see another child. I would like to say to any parent, please do not be afraid to challenge the health professsionals if you think there is something not quite right! Even knowing that my beautiful baby was ill, i trusted the doctors and let my beautiful daughter die'. Please challenge the Health Professioanls even if you have a little doubt that something is not right. Antonella Goulding[/p][/quote]Ah,bless ya.My heart goes out to you And your family Antonella.So very sad.X . babsticals

9:14pm Sat 14 Dec 13

cobra268 says...

mimseycal wrote:
For pity's sake ... do we really need to make matters even worse for the poor parents then they already are? I don't think for one single moment that this was intentional uncaring medical care. This was a GP, which means a General Practitioner, who used a past medical history to provide a diagnosis.

Brain tumours are notoriously difficult to diagnose and testing for them is costly and not the first thing that jumps to mind when confronted by a teenager who previously displayed a feeding disorder.

One of my own younglings was diagnosed wih brain tumours however that was preceded by a battery of other suggestions to the cause of her headaches and listlessness. It took well over a year to get the correct diagnosis and thankfully, in her case, the correct diagnosis came just in time ...
you are talking out of your arse.just because she displayed a feeding disorder in the past dont give the doctor the right to refuse the proper diagnose ,instead just played russian roulette with guessing games.,if this is your attitude to give support on here ,then dont bother.
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: For pity's sake ... do we really need to make matters even worse for the poor parents then they already are? I don't think for one single moment that this was intentional uncaring medical care. This was a GP, which means a General Practitioner, who used a past medical history to provide a diagnosis. Brain tumours are notoriously difficult to diagnose and testing for them is costly and not the first thing that jumps to mind when confronted by a teenager who previously displayed a feeding disorder. One of my own younglings was diagnosed wih brain tumours however that was preceded by a battery of other suggestions to the cause of her headaches and listlessness. It took well over a year to get the correct diagnosis and thankfully, in her case, the correct diagnosis came just in time ...[/p][/quote]you are talking out of your arse.just because she displayed a feeding disorder in the past dont give the doctor the right to refuse the proper diagnose ,instead just played russian roulette with guessing games.,if this is your attitude to give support on here ,then dont bother. cobra268

9:50am Sun 15 Dec 13

babsticals says...

cobra268 wrote:
mimseycal wrote:
For pity's sake ... do we really need to make matters even worse for the poor parents then they already are? I don't think for one single moment that this was intentional uncaring medical care. This was a GP, which means a General Practitioner, who used a past medical history to provide a diagnosis.

Brain tumours are notoriously difficult to diagnose and testing for them is costly and not the first thing that jumps to mind when confronted by a teenager who previously displayed a feeding disorder.

One of my own younglings was diagnosed wih brain tumours however that was preceded by a battery of other suggestions to the cause of her headaches and listlessness. It took well over a year to get the correct diagnosis and thankfully, in her case, the correct diagnosis came just in time ...
you are talking out of your arse.just because she displayed a feeding disorder in the past dont give the doctor the right to refuse the proper diagnose ,instead just played russian roulette with guessing games.,if this is your attitude to give support on here ,then dont bother.
Well said cobra268!!
[quote][p][bold]cobra268[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: For pity's sake ... do we really need to make matters even worse for the poor parents then they already are? I don't think for one single moment that this was intentional uncaring medical care. This was a GP, which means a General Practitioner, who used a past medical history to provide a diagnosis. Brain tumours are notoriously difficult to diagnose and testing for them is costly and not the first thing that jumps to mind when confronted by a teenager who previously displayed a feeding disorder. One of my own younglings was diagnosed wih brain tumours however that was preceded by a battery of other suggestions to the cause of her headaches and listlessness. It took well over a year to get the correct diagnosis and thankfully, in her case, the correct diagnosis came just in time ...[/p][/quote]you are talking out of your arse.just because she displayed a feeding disorder in the past dont give the doctor the right to refuse the proper diagnose ,instead just played russian roulette with guessing games.,if this is your attitude to give support on here ,then dont bother.[/p][/quote]Well said cobra268!! babsticals

10:05am Sun 15 Dec 13

j40osh says...

I understand this is hard for the parents at this time- and I empathise with their frustration- (understatement). Twelve years ago our 3 year old son similar head aches, sickness and other abnormalities were over looked by both GP and Worthing Hospital. It was only the tears and persistence of Mum where they finally put him under a CAT scan to reveal a massive tumour running right across his forehead- turned out to be a grade 4 cancer and he died a year later.

Not for a moment do we blame the medical practitioners for our sons death- but we do for his previous 5 months of suffering and the frustration of not being taken seriously.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to this grieving family- there's a tough road ahead- but we are living proof that life does go on- just perhaps in different ways.
I understand this is hard for the parents at this time- and I empathise with their frustration- (understatement). Twelve years ago our 3 year old son similar head aches, sickness and other abnormalities were over looked by both GP and Worthing Hospital. It was only the tears and persistence of Mum where they finally put him under a CAT scan to reveal a massive tumour running right across his forehead- turned out to be a grade 4 cancer and he died a year later. Not for a moment do we blame the medical practitioners for our sons death- but we do for his previous 5 months of suffering and the frustration of not being taken seriously. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this grieving family- there's a tough road ahead- but we are living proof that life does go on- just perhaps in different ways. j40osh

2:15pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Kirk D says...

Many years ago I used to live in the Harefield Avenue, right next to Ringmer Rd. So sorry to hear about this tragedy . My heart goes out to the family of lovely Lucy.
Many years ago I used to live in the Harefield Avenue, right next to Ringmer Rd. So sorry to hear about this tragedy . My heart goes out to the family of lovely Lucy. Kirk D

8:15pm Sun 15 Dec 13

qtrsmile says...

I understand that Our GP stands for "general Practitioner" I also understand that Doctors are not super human beings able to create miracles. " Brain Tumors are notoriously difficult to diagnose" If this is the case. This little girl did not visit her doctor once, or twice, or even three times. It says Lucy visited her GP FOUR Times. It also says her GP said on the FOURTH time "There was no evidence of a tumor" Correct me if I'm wrong, but i believe the symptoms Lucy described to her doctor on multiple visits do match those that describe that of a tumor. Or must one have every single symptom of a life threatening illness to have a "costly CT Scan" If Tumors as health professionals are aware " Are notoriously difficult to diagnose" You would think when a doctor is confronted with symptoms that match those of a tumor, sirens would start going off and the doctor may make the connection.. What was described to have happened at the hospitals was disgusting. They clearly just assumed what was wrong with her. You are correct Mimseycal- "Scans are very costly" And health services are a BUSINESS" And it's about MAKING MONEY" Giving out pills is a much more effective way of making money, then giving children brain scans. Right? Because when you give the children pills, (this not only is much faster for doctors- Doctors just write a short report- and send children on their way- Then the exact pills given by their "doctors" Will most likely mess something else up in the body. So guess what? The child goes back to their doctors and the doctor sends them on their way with another set of pills.. does anyone else here see a pattern here? PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS" The biggest rip off and money making scam there is. We have enough natural resources on our planet to heal ourselves naturally. PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS= MONEY. BRAIN SCANS WHICH COULD HAVE SAVED MILLIONS OF CHILDREN'S LIVES = SPENDING OF THAT MONEY..... We are our own doctors- we are brought up in a society which teaches us to believe anything that authority says to us.. Hopefully this little girls voice will not continue to go unheard like millions of other children. My love goes out to her family and I hope they can find peace while helping families prevent them selves to experience the same situation.
I understand that Our GP stands for "general Practitioner" I also understand that Doctors are not super human beings able to create miracles. " Brain Tumors are notoriously difficult to diagnose" If this is the case. This little girl did not visit her doctor once, or twice, or even three times. It says Lucy visited her GP FOUR Times. It also says her GP said on the FOURTH time "There was no evidence of a tumor" Correct me if I'm wrong, but i believe the symptoms Lucy described to her doctor on multiple visits do match those that describe that of a tumor. Or must one have every single symptom of a life threatening illness to have a "costly CT Scan" If Tumors as health professionals are aware " Are notoriously difficult to diagnose" You would think when a doctor is confronted with symptoms that match those of a tumor, sirens would start going off and the doctor may make the connection.. What was described to have happened at the hospitals was disgusting. They clearly just assumed what was wrong with her. You are correct Mimseycal- "Scans are very costly" And health services are a BUSINESS" And it's about MAKING MONEY" Giving out pills is a much more effective way of making money, then giving children brain scans. Right? Because when you give the children pills, (this not only is much faster for doctors- Doctors just write a short report- and send children on their way- Then the exact pills given by their "doctors" Will most likely mess something else up in the body. So guess what? The child goes back to their doctors and the doctor sends them on their way with another set of pills.. does anyone else here see a pattern here? PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS" The biggest rip off and money making scam there is. We have enough natural resources on our planet to heal ourselves naturally. PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS= MONEY. BRAIN SCANS WHICH COULD HAVE SAVED MILLIONS OF CHILDREN'S LIVES = SPENDING OF THAT MONEY..... We are our own doctors- we are brought up in a society which teaches us to believe anything that authority says to us.. Hopefully this little girls voice will not continue to go unheard like millions of other children. My love goes out to her family and I hope they can find peace while helping families prevent them selves to experience the same situation. qtrsmile

10:14am Mon 16 Dec 13

Tippy Toes says...

What an absolutely tragic story. My mother in law went to the doctor in pain for two years, and was fobbed off every time. She eventually became so ill that they looked into it properly and by then it was too late - she had inoperable cancer. This wasn't at worthing, but it seems the same thing happens across the country. I would urge anyone to push for further tests if you know that you or a loved one is ill. We hear so many cases where doctors don't investigate enough - it's complete negligence on their part. My sincere condolences go out to this beautiful girls family.
What an absolutely tragic story. My mother in law went to the doctor in pain for two years, and was fobbed off every time. She eventually became so ill that they looked into it properly and by then it was too late - she had inoperable cancer. This wasn't at worthing, but it seems the same thing happens across the country. I would urge anyone to push for further tests if you know that you or a loved one is ill. We hear so many cases where doctors don't investigate enough - it's complete negligence on their part. My sincere condolences go out to this beautiful girls family. Tippy Toes

6:44pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ARMANA says...

What a shame, such a lovely girl, I hope her parents can find some peace, R.I.P Lucy,
What a shame, such a lovely girl, I hope her parents can find some peace, R.I.P Lucy, ARMANA

11:59am Tue 17 Dec 13

cobra268 says...

i dont know why my post was removed.its disgusting that the doctor wont face to the responsibility to resign to avoid more losses in the future.
i dont know why my post was removed.its disgusting that the doctor wont face to the responsibility to resign to avoid more losses in the future. cobra268

12:42pm Tue 17 Dec 13

charlie smirke says...

cobra268 wrote:
i dont know why my post was removed.its disgusting that the doctor wont face to the responsibility to resign to avoid more losses in the future.
The doctor should have been sacked anyway, for incompetence. Why are they keeping someone on who either can't or won't do their job properly?.
[quote][p][bold]cobra268[/bold] wrote: i dont know why my post was removed.its disgusting that the doctor wont face to the responsibility to resign to avoid more losses in the future.[/p][/quote]The doctor should have been sacked anyway, for incompetence. Why are they keeping someone on who either can't or won't do their job properly?. charlie smirke

3:28pm Tue 17 Dec 13

cobra268 says...

sacked is not the word.eye for an eye is the word
sacked is not the word.eye for an eye is the word cobra268

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