Mother-of-three dies after ELEVEN doctors fail to diagnose her stomach cancerBy Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:44 AM on 6th December 2010
A mother has died of stomach cancer after her GP and ten doctors failed to diagnose the disease.
Angela Skeffington had reported classic stomach cancer symptoms since April but was not given a specialist CT scan until late August, when the disease was finally spotted.
But by then the cancer had spread to her liver and lymph nodes and Mrs Skeffington, 44, from Birmingham was told she only had weeks to live.
The former warehouse worker had previously been misdiagnosed with anorexia, depression and period pain.
Tragic: Angela Skeffington, 44, has died from stomach cancer after ten doctors and her GP failed to diagnose the disease
Her sister Christine Layton, 45, from Rugeley, West Midlands, said: 'Doctors tried giving Angela chemotherapy, but it was too late by then and didn't work.
'I know survival rates are not always very long, but my sister could still be here today if the doctors had listened to her.
'She may not have had a lifetime, but they could have given her more time with her children and grandchildren.'
For five months, the grandmother-of-five claimed she complained of stabbing pains to the stomach, blood in her vomit and stools, plus a loss of appetite to her GP, Dr Atta Shah at the Khyber Surgery in Saltley, Birmingham, along with a further ten doctors during 12 visits to Heartlands Hospital A&E.
Dr Shah had booked a referral to hospital for Mrs Skeffington in June, but she was still awaiting an appointment when she was diagnosed with cancer in August.
Speaking after she was first diagnosed with terminal cancer, Mrs Skeffington, who lived with partner John, had said: 'I was made to feel like a nuisance by all the doctors.
'I was treated worse than an animal.'
Misdiagnosis: Angela Skeffington visited Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital 12 times before her fatal cancer was diagnosed
Her sister Mrs Layton added: 'We had a meeting with the hospital, but everyone is passing the buck.
'The hospital said Angela's case will be used to train doctors and there is a new system of flagging up patients so they are seen by a consultant if they report the same symptoms four times to try and prevent it happening again.'
The Primary Care Trust has said it cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality
But a Heartlands Hospital spokeswoman said: 'We would again like to apologise to Mrs Skeffington's family and send them our sincerest condolences.
'We take all issues raised very seriously and have met with Mrs Skeffington's family at the beginning of October to discuss their concerns regarding the care provided and to assure them that we were putting in place changes as a result of the sequence of events experienced by Mrs Skeffington.'
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