Bone to pick with hos­pi­tal

Health: Man says he may ‘never eat chicken again’ af­ter ex­pe­ri­ence at KFC

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY NICK HUMPHREYS

A man who spent al­most 10 hours in hos­pi­tal af­ter get­ting a KFC bone lodged in his throat “may never eat chicken again” af­ter the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

Alis­ter Mack­in­non’s or­deal started when he took his wife Janet for a fin­ger lickin’ treat on Sun­day in Union Street, Aberdeen. But part­way through their meal, a long bone be­came lodged in Mr Mack­in­non’s oe­soph­a­gus.

He rushed to Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary at 8pm, and was swiftly seen by a nurse. But af­ter an X-ray, he was told no­body would be able to re­move it for him un­til the fol­low­ing morn­ing. He claims he was left for hours in a wait­ing room, un­til even­tu­ally be­ing given a bed on Ward 103.

Mr Mack­in­non was even­tu­ally able to dis­lodge the of­fend­ing bone at around 5.30am and dis­charged him­self from hos­pi­tal.

The 67-year-old, who works as a ther­mol­o­gist, said: “I can’t be­lieve they left me un­til the next day. I could feel it scrap­ing in my throat. It must have been dan­ger­ous. I could barely speak and was strug­gling to breathe.

“They said they needed to wait for a doc­tor to be avail­able to use a spe­cial cam­era to go down and grab it out. I asked if I could go home and go back the next day but they wanted me to stay in.

“I was in that much pain I was con­tem­plat­ing driv­ing down to Glas­gow to be seen by some­one. That’s how des­per­ate I was.

“I love the hos­pi­tal and they’ve been bril­liant to me in the past. But I wasn’t happy with the way I was treated. I told the doc­tor I wasn’t happy.”

He added: “I just went with Janet af­ter work for a bite to eat. Every­one was watch­ing while I was try­ing to bring the thing back up. I knew I had to get to the hos­pi­tal. It’s made me feel like I may never eat chicken again, I’m that para­noid.”

An NHS Grampian spokes­woman said: “We can­not dis­cuss the in­di­vid- ual cir­cum­stances of any pa­tient or the treat­ment they are given.

“If Mr Mack­in­non is un­happy with the treat­ment he re­ceived, we would en­cour­age him to con­tact our Feed­back service. They will in­ves­ti­gate fully and re­spond to him di­rectly.”

Pho­to­graph by Jim Irvine

OR­DEAL: Alis­ter Mack­in­non spent al­most 10 hours in hos­pi­tal af­ter a chicken bone got stuck in his throat, left.

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