My med­i­cal night­mare

Halifax Courier - - This Week In Court -

I read in a na­tional news­pa­per last week an ar­ti­cle about doc­tors stop­ping the treat­ment for a brain tu­mour against the wishes of the par­ents of teenager Alex El­liott in Fe­bru­ary say­ing he had only two weeks to live and him dy­ing four months later. It re­minded me of the way I was treated at Leeds Gen­eral In­fir­mary in 1986. I had se­vere aplas­tic anaemia and con­tracted pneu­mo­nia in the hos­pi­tal with a col­lapsed lung. I was told I was rid­dled with cancer and to go home and die. My food and drinks were re­moved and I would have died if my wife, an SRN, had not brought me food and drinks when vis­it­ing. I was very close to death when I was trans­ferred from Leeds to Ham­mer­smith Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don. I had treat­ment for the pneu­mo­nia at Ham­mer­smith but no treat­ment for cancer as I did not have cancer and am still alive 29 years later.

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