Solicitors are investigating a claim of medical negligence at Manchester Royal Infirmary after a woman had a leg amputated due to a misdiagnosis of cancer.
The unnamed woman was admitted to Manchester Royal Infirmary in January 2016 with a fracture of her left femur. Due to a medical history of underlying malignancy, she was given an X-ray and a scan, and her blood was tested for diseases such as osteoporosis that might have caused a weakness of her bone structure.
The scan and blood test showed no sign of a disease, and the woman underwent surgery to insert a metal rod into the cavity of the femur to strengthen it. She was subsequently discharged from the Emergency Surgical Trauma Unit, but readmitted to the hospital the following month to receive treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
During the surgery, a bone sample had been taken and sent away for testing. The test revealed a cancerous tumour, but the woman only found out about it when she read her discharge notes after her DVT treatment. She raised her concerns with doctors at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, but the diagnosis of cancer was not officially confirmed until one week later.
An internal investigation into the woman´s situation found the reason the tumour was not discovered during an inspection of the scan was that the scan did not cover the area of the thigh in which the tumour was located. It also found that, due to having the metal rod inserted in the femur, the usual options for treating the cancer were not available.
The woman subsequently had to have her left leg amputated above the knee to stop the cancer spreading and, after seeking legal advice, has instructed solicitors to investigate the level of care provided for her at the Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Her solicitors believe she may have a viable claim for medical negligence at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
One of the solicitors commented: “The swift, and more importantly, accurate diagnosis of cancer is absolutely crucial as early treatment can often provide the best possible chances of recovery and to prevent long-term health complications. Sadly, in this case, the NHS’ own investigation suggests that the staff who treated the woman at the NHS Trust in question failed to carry out the correct tests, meaning her cancer was not diagnosed as early as it could have been.”