"Death of our 26 year old daughter"
About: Good Hope Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics Good Hope Hospital Trauma & orthopaedics Sutton Coldfield B75 7RR Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham) Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham) Birmingham B15 2TH
Posted by Traumatised Family (as ),
I don't really know what happened to my daughter, she was admitted to Good Hope hospital at the end of December with suspected appendicitis/cyst on ovary. She had an operation without scanning her and removed a tumour. Very rare, so rare that it took until six days before she died for them to disclose that she had Sarcoma.
My daughter was then transferred to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital from Good Hope Hospital on an evening. She was admitted and then transferred on the following day (Monday) to the young persons unit.
She met her oncologist that evening. They discussed chemotherapy with her and decided to start it on the Wednesday. The Oncologist told us that best case scenario was 3 years if it worked, 12 weeks if it didn't.
Our daughter started chemo at in the evening of the Wednesday. On Thursday morning when I entered her room her drip was off. I asked a nurse who told me it had a battery and she was busy with a patient.
I waited another hour and approached the senior nurse who looked panicked and ran straight into my daughter’s room. They said that she hadn't been re-attached since she had been taken to the toilet during the night. She apologised and said that this would not happen again.
On the Friday, the Oncologist came and said it was pointless to continue treatment and that my daughter had days left. She died 6 hours later in a most distressing manner.
I have been advised to ask for the clinical pathways of my daughter’s case from her first admission to Good Hope until her death in Queen Elizabeth.
I believe the treatment my daughter received in Good Hope Hospital was appalling. However when I approached them they have adhered to Government requirements on times to deal with complaints. I don't really want to discuss the appalling care she received in Good Hope as they are investigating my complaint.
Queen Elizabeth however have not even had the decency to offer condolences and have not given any time frames. Their response has been that nurses and doctors are very busy treating patients and when they have time they will get back to me. In my opinion, not checking for mistakes that may have taken place and continuing on the same path is arrogant and unbelievable.
I do not want a response that requires me to contact a machine linking me to PALS which is the standard and I think inappropriate response on the swift death of my young daughter.
I feel it is so understandable the people in our position choose litigation.