"My son's break misdiagnosed, and he was sent home in pain"
About: Leicester Royal Infirmary / Trauma and orthopaedics Leicester Royal Infirmary Trauma and orthopaedics LE1 5WW
Posted by shazza251189 (as ),
My young son went to the Leicester Royal A&E department last week with really bad pain in his arm after a accident in a child's ball pit. He had an x-ray done after waiting a very long time.
The results came back that he had suffered a severe break to the upper arm on his right side. (Bare in mind, he was screaming with the pain.)
The nurse had told us that he may either need a cast putting on or a operation for the break to be pinned into place. She then contacted the orthopaedic doctor to come and look at his x-ray and his opinion was that it would heel on it's own and all that was needed was a sling. The nurse before had said she had never seen a break like this before in a child. She also said this is a break that is mainly seen in older people and not children.
The next day, I received a phone call from the fracture clinic saying my son needed to come back to the hospital immediately to have a cast put on his arm before it sets into place. I was also told he shouldn't really have been sent home without a cast put on his arm.