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Click on the following page link to read http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -scan.html

What can you say? but totally tragic and even though the Government, media are trying to raise awareness of stroke etc., I still wonder whether it's going to make a jot of difference for those that suffer a bleed and need immediate treatment. We all know too well, how many of us were mis-diagnosed and should have been given a brain scan in the first instance ..... it's no wonder that the mortality rate is so high, when even the medics don't seem to realise the importance of scans and early treatment.

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Tragic indeed. A very sad case, but it all comes down to money. Hospitals staffed by junior doctors with limited experience working long hours and encouraged to carry on alone. Raising awareness will go some way to addressing the problem, but unless more experienced help is at hand, and staff are encouraged to seek that help, I fear that this will continue to happen. I'm not blaming junior doctors, they do the very best that they can with limited resources, but help should be made available and scans in cases like this one should be a priority.

Regards

Keith

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Ronnie's 18 year old cousin was given an anti-biotic injection and sent home, then when she went to hospital a few hours later they found out the scanner wasnt working by that time it was too late........

It's so sad, and tells us just how lucky we all are.............

L.x

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IT IS VERY SAD, WE KNOW A COUPLE IN PORTLAND OREGON THAT LOST THERE 13 YEAR OLD TO A BRAIN HAEMORRRHAGE. WE JUST NEVER KNOW, MY DR THAT WAS MISS DIAGNOSING ME, IS EXPERIENCED, UNFORTUNATELY I THINK DR THAT DO HAVE EXPERIENCE FAIL TO LISTEN TO WHAT IS BEING TOLD TO THEM, AND THE CONCLUSION WE ALL HAVE MIGRANES...

IT IS A SCARY THOUGHT TO HAVE TO TRUST SOME ONE WITH YOUR LIFE WHEN THEY WON'T EVEN LISTEN AND PERHAPS LEARN A LITTLE MORE.

EVELYN

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Tragic, typical, saddening and maddening ..... we all deserve better.... and I agree Evelyn, the failure to listen is a massive problem .... but how the medics overcome that, is something else ..... maybe Doctors sometimes, need to just take faith in what's being told to them ... whatever the financial cost....as something needs to be done ..... it doesn't matter how many stroke initiatives are put in place and how aware the public are, but if the medics fail us when we need help, then I feel like throwing my hands up in the air....

I'm not sure how I would feel if I lost one of my kids ...... angry to say the least......when something could have been done to avert a tragedy..... we all need to be better informed and I'm sure that the parents of this poor girl, would have paid to have a brain scan done, if they were given the option ..... if money was the main priority .....

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How sad that the warning signs were completely ignored.

Money can never replace a loved one. Hopefully, the medical doctors and staff will read this and someone can be saved from this tragic and unnecessary death by administering the correct tests.

Cal

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That is so sad but so true I went in on the saturday and they never did anything until the wednesday saying it was a hangover they transfered me on wednesday night and I was in safe hands in the second hospital. I was lucky however alot aren't. Jess.xxx

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How awful!!! Why can't the medical profession listen to people??? After all it's our body and we should know if something doesn't feel right. I suffered headaches for months before my brain heamorrhage but was given cocodamol and sent on my way - 8 months later - WHAM!!!

My heart goes out to her family.

Sami xxx

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Hi All

Will they ever learn what a sad case. I was misdiagnosed for 3 weeks and suffered hell for that period and feel so sorry for those that suffer and eventually lose their lives especially so young at least I have had a life. Yet it still goes on I was told I needed recoiling last September and that it was dangerous to leave, I'm still waiting!!!!

Cheers

John

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I was really sad to read the article especially for the parents who have lost their child who could of been saved if she had the scan.

I was lucky that they decided to do the scan on me and that was only because i was not responding to simple tasks and i am grateful that the neurosugeons on call were called quickly but i heard that i was lucky even at that hospital because they don't normally carry out ct scans straight away.

No amount of compensation can bring back any loved ones I only wish that medical staff take us seriously.

Myra xx

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how dreadfull,Iwent to the hospital with a terrific headache, and was sent home with paracetimol,(and told Ihad ear infection 4 dayslater In so much pain,(called the out of hours doctor)scan and operated on2days later.(by then my eye had closed on the left.) prue.

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Just read the article how very sad and upsetting..i was having servere headaches for years they got progressively worse probably about 1 year before sah...and neck pain...i was known for asking for headache tablets from anyone and everyone and they always said oh its probably migraine ...something needs to be done.....michelle c

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Just read the article how very sad and upsetting..i was having servere headaches for years they got progressively worse probably about 1 year before sah...and neck pain...i was known for asking for headache tablets from anyone and everyone and they always said oh its probably migraine ...something needs to be done.....michelle c

Similar here; Mine's not ruptured of course, but the neuroradiologist asked about headaches etc & said I'd probably been having small leaks (TIA's?) for several years.

There have even been occasions when I've had trouble using my left arm, but that's been put down to fibromyalgia. And the other stuff - lack of concentration, short-term memory loss, etc, have been put down to my mental health problems...

MRI's or CT scans really do need to be done routinely when there are severe headpains.

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I agree re medics not listening properly but also reckon that LizBeth has made a very valid point. So often I think many signs are treated as being caused by different illnesses, like LizBeth's arm, her loss of memory etc etc were treated as separate things when there is a definite maybe that they were the leaks the neuroradiologist saw!

I had been a tad on the sickly side with various 'other illnesses' all of which were treated with enough pills and potions to make me lose my appetite! Oddly enough since my SAH they have vanished........now there's an odd thing! ( Sorry that was a bit sarcastic, but it makes me feel like that!

I too had lost a great deal of weight as I seem to remember someone else mentioning (?) elsewhere, for no apparent reason, but I often wonder was it just caused by a general malaise whilst that old annie brewed! Mind you, I'm still pretty skinny nearly a year on, ( Hurrah!) from having been what I think North Country folk call 'a gradely lass! :wink:

I digress, but want to note for Karen and anyone else who cares,that I'm off for an Angio very soon, no date set yet :?

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Hi Perry,

I agree with what you've said and I've also had a lot of "unexplained" problems for many years before the SAH ..... it does make you wonder....

Wishing you the very best of luck with your angiogram ..... let me know when you get a date for it ..... hope that you're generally keeping well ... took a trip to Belchawell the other day with some of my family that haven't visited .... also sampled the brew at the pub at Ibberton ....

Anyway, I'm going off topic .... :roll: Take care of yourself ...xx

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There are too many stories like this. I was only 20 and was treated like just another drunk student, it still haunts me that they refused to take me to hospital, thanks god I'm a stubborn cow ;) Is there anything we can do as a group to push awareness? I tried it with a magazine article, they're just after sensationalising it though!

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Hi All,
This hospital that failed this young girl is Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham. The hospital where my brother was diagnosed (the 2nd time) After Jon's initial Op and intensive care in London he was transferred back to MMH it resembled the monkey house at Howlett's Zoo. One of the problems is they are general hospital's not specialist- but all the same, the mis-diagnosis thing is awful.

 

A lady local to me delivered a betaware catalogue i'd recognised her from the school as I'd been told her husband had died last year, low and behold another Haemorrhage, and MMH had mis-diagnosed, he was taken into MMH they kept him there for the day(monday) given pain killers and told him they would send him for an appointment for a scan, wednesday morning his wife found him dead. The doctor's told her he had a small bleed, followed by a massive one which killed him. this lady doesnt know which way to turn.

 

Please forgive me if im wrong but if you have had or having major/severe pains in your chest, it's plausible to think you have had/having a heart attack, and hence you get strapped to a machine to monitor your heart, so why is it, when you get the mother of all headaches, of which you have never known before, your given an asprin and sent home?

Rachelx

PS Jon is doing well by the way! given us a few scares but he's OK (Jon's mate had a BH last august he's doing really well, but im worried for him as his wife thinks he's putting it on!)

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Hi Rachel...glad Jon is doing well....i agree with everything you have said...it often seems to be missed, as i was....told i had a sick bug, by my GP that i had called out...i was in agony! I was lucky my friend came in to see me and rushed me to hospital...she saved my life!
Take care
Love Tina xx

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Once again I feel so grateful for my husband, Jack, my hero. He was with me went the ambulance took me in and he INSISTED several times that I be scanned. They did relent and scan me, and surprise surprise! blood on the brain. Jack's dad had died of a stroke so he was familiar with the symptoms.

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  • 6 years later...

Hi All,

 

Mr Lester,  in the paper item,  was the first on the scene when I had my SAH.  His Dad worked with us.

 

Such a sad thing to happen to a Lovely Family.

 

Just read this.  and he put me in recovery position etc while waiting for ambulance to arrive.

 

I was lucky he helped me.  So a Thanks a Very big Thanks to Mark and his family xx

 

Such a nice Family xxxx So Sad 

Love

 

Win xxxxx 

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How horribly sad. I can't even begin to imagine the pain of losing a child, particularly when it was so preventable. I was SO blessed that I went in and said "I feel dumb, but I have a really bad headache and I don't get headaches. This is the worst one of my life." Within ten minutes I was triaged, and five minutes later one of my former students was leaning over me saying "Mrs. K!? So nice to see you! Only wish it were under better circumstances!"

 

Within half an hour I had a diagnosis of a small hemorrhage. Just a simple, relatively (as medical tests go) inexpensive and quick CT scan would have showed the blood on her brain immediately. Scan machine broken? Give me a break. Send her to another hospital, or use another machine. It sounds like she had a lot of trauma. If they could see mine with a simple scan, even an x-ray would have picked up hers. 

 

Oh the student was the radiologist and was one of my best students. Love that girl! :)

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