undefinedWhat is the name of your state?Missouri
Well I will try this one more time:
I am writing this post in regards to my mother. My mother was very proactive with her health and had a clean bill of health in December of 03, She also had gone to a health fair and had routine blood tests which came back within normal parameters in Jan. of 04. She went to the Doctor and was seen by a nurse practitioner and the local clinic in her area in April due to stomach pains and constipation. The practitioner told her it was her gallbladder and gave her a prescription of Stomach spasm pills and some suppositories for her constipation (which she has never before suffered from). She returned in June and had severe stomach pain. She seen the Dr this time and he had xrays taken. On the xrays there was a blockage shown to my mother and father (this xray has since disappeared) and the doc stated that again it was her gallbladder to change her diet eat no fatty foods and drink only clear liquids and gave her a years prescription of stomach spasm pills. My mother followed his advise and then My father and her took a vacationto New Mexico at he end of August. While there my mother began having difficulty breathing and became sick. THey rushed back the weekend of Labor day and called the doctor. His advice to her was to rest take the stomach pills and if she got any worse just go to the hospital an hour away and just have her gallbladder removed. My parents waited till the day after labor day to go to the hospital due to them thinking that it would not be so crowded. They waited in the emergency room for six hours before being seen. The er did a routine ultra sound on my mother and discovered that her liver was covered in lesions. Subsequently my mother was admitted and many many tests were done to no avail. The drs thier stated that she had cancer but did not know what kind. My father and I worked and got her transferred to Ellis Fischel in Columbia Missouri ( a hospital that speacilizes in cancer only) where my mother was treated well. They identified that she had an unknown primary cancer and that she was terminal and set her up on hospice care to go home the following day. My mother died on September 19th. There were 12 days to absorb sick to terminal to dead. My question is Why did the dr not run any routine tests? My mother was 64 years old and in relative good health. The cancer doctor stated that with the fast moving cancers the good thing is that if found early they were easy to kill. I truly feel that the Doctors office my mother was seen at was negligent in not trying harder to find any answers any other office runs tests even when unnecessary just to rule out what it could be rather than just guess that it is a gallbladder problem which by the way thier was nothing wrong with her gallbladder. I am so traumatized by this that it is hard to get all the information out so bear with me please. My father go all the medical records and come to find out the xrays had not even been read until Oct. 26th of this year my mom was dead before they had even been read. In those documents it stated there was an unknown mass. (again this xray was not included in the records my father received). My father has contacted an attourney in his area that required 40% of any case. The lawyer stated to him that it would be hard to prove and that the settlement would only be around 300,000 therefore he would not take the case?????!!!! I am again amazed by this but my question to you is: Is the clinic liable in her death? I know in my heart that my mother would still be here if they had just performed some simple tests on her. I am no doctor but a layperson looking back on a very sad situation and of course I may just be to angry to think things through. I have never sued anyone but in my heart feel that the negligence of the doctors office she had gone to took away what life she may have had. Pleas advise on what recourse may be available to my father, my brother and I.