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'Hospital doctors made me feel like I was mad – but failed to spot my son had a floating stomach,' claims furious mother
Mother took son to hospital seven times – on final visit refused to leave until he had a scanDoctors 'made me feel like I was mad' mother said
A furious mother today accused hospital doctors of failing to spot her two-year-old son had a 'floating stomach'.
Victoria Dunn, 33, said she took her son to Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, Kent, seven times because her son Harry was suffering from relentless vomiting and nausea.
However, she said staff made her to feel like she 'was mad' and that Harry was only diagnosed with the rare condition after she refused to leave without a scan on their seventh visit.
Victoria Dunn, pictured with her son Harry. She is set to take legal action against St Mary's Hospital in Kent after she said they failed to diagnose her son with a 'floating stomach'
Harry, from Orpington, has since had several operations at London's King's College Hospital to attach his stomach.
But he still suffers from a condition that causes rapid emptying and delayed gastric emptying, known as 'dumping syndrome'.
He may now have to be permanently fed through a tube in his stomach.
Ms Dunn said: 'The hospital clearly failed my son and I can't let another mother and child go through this.
'I want to make sure Harry has a future and that is why I am taking legal advice. His treatment at Queen Mary's was disgraceful.
'They made me feel like I was mad when Harry had a rare condition and needed operations.'
She added: 'Early diagnosis could have changed that but I was made to feel his condition was no more than me being an anxious mum or reflux.'
Harry has since had several operations at London's King's College Hospital to attach his stomach
Harry has just had an operation called Nissens Fundopolication which prevents him vomiting.
The unusual condition means he could suffer complications later in life if he suffers from food poisoning or related conditions.
'Before, he was vomiting – sometimes for months on end,' said Ms Dunn.
'He still can be heard gagging most nights and can't keep food down. It's heartbreaking.'
Mark Slater, partner at medical negligence law firm Price & Slater, which represents the family, said: 'We're determined to ensure no stone is left unturned to find out why Harry's condition wasn't spotted earlier by medical staff at the hospital.'
A South London Healthcare NHS Trust spokesman said: 'As this case is now part of the legal process, the trust is unable to comment on the details.
'However, we are aware of the case and understand the importance to the family and to our trust of their being a very full and thorough investigation.
'The paediatric emergency unit at Queen Mary's hospital closed last year as part of a wider service change.
'Any lessons and improvements that need to be made as a result of our findings will be applied to the trust's other paediatric departments.'