'I'm dying': Harrowing screams of a mother, 33, filmed by her family after doctors missed cancer THIRTY TIMES
Jeannine Harvey was told the agonising pain she suffered for four months was due to 'nerve pain and anxiety'Family begged doctors to admit her to hospital but were 'ignored'
Only diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer three months before she diedRelatives filmed her a month before death to prove just how ill she'd been – and have now released the footage
Family suing Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust for negligence
10:07 GMT, 10 October 2012
00:47 GMT, 11 October 2012
Jeannine Harvey had more than 30 medical consultations, but doctors repeatedly told her she was suffering with 'anxiety' from a suspected torn ligament
A mother of four died after doctors missed 30 chances to diagnose her cervical cancer – at one point claiming her agony was caused by anxiety.
Jeannine Harvey, 33, was left so ravaged by pain that she was unable to get out of bed without help.
But despite consultations with her GP and doctors at three hospitals, her cervical cancer was repeatedly misdiagnosed as a potential torn ligament, protruding discs, sarcoma and ‘nerve pain’.
At one point, Miss Harvey’s sister became so desperate for her sibling to be treated, she got down on her knees to beg doctors to admit her.
By the time medics realised the accountancy student – whose youngest child is only two – was suffering from advanced uterine cancer of the cervix, it was too late.
She died at a hospice in July – eight months after a blood test first raised concerns.
Marie Donovan, 34, from West Heath, Birmingham, said her sister’s treatment was ‘like something out of the Dark Ages’.
‘My beautiful sister was in agony, she was crippled with pain, but no one listened to her,’ she added.
Miss Harvey’s children – Paul, 16, Jack, 12, Frankie, five, and Ella, two – are being cared for by the father of the youngest two children, who was separated from their mother.
Miss Harvey, from Rowley Regis, West Midlands, first complained of pain in her left leg and abdomen in December 2011. An ultrasound scan – conducted after the blood test for ovarian cancer came back ‘elevated’ – revealed a mass 4cm wide in her pelvic area.
Scroll down for video. WARNING: Contains distressing scenes (Although harrowing, Jeannine Harvey's family wanted these images published)
Ms Harvey only began the correct course of treatment a month before she died. Her family say the delay led the tumour to becoming infected, causing her pelvis to shatter
To prove the agony Ms Harvey was in, her family secretly filmed her in hospital crying out in pain 'I'm dying'
But a laparoscopy six weeks later at
City Hospital, Birmingham, appeared to show the mass had vanished, and
she was sent back to her GP for physiotherapy.
Days later and still in pain, she was taken to A&E at Sandwell Hospital where doctors diagnosed a possible torn ligament.
An MRI scan in March led to a new diagnosis of protruding discs, with doctors claiming anxiety was the main source of her pain.
Ms Harvey's family are taking legal action against Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. Her sisters Eleanor Sherrington (left) and Marie Donovan (right) claim her death may have been prevented with an earlier diagnosis
Mrs Donovan claims that when her
sister was finally admitted to the Medical Assessment Unit at City
Hospital on April 18 she was in such a poor state that a nurse assumed
she was a cancer patient.
Days later, Miss Harvey was
misdiagnosed again, this time with sarcoma – a type of cancer that
develops in connective tissues. A routine biopsy at Birmingham’s Queen
Elizabeth Hospital prior to starting chemotherapy found squamous cell
tissue, which could only have originated in the cervix.
Ms Harvey, pictured here with five-year-old son Frankie and pregnant with daughter Ella, now two, also had two older sons, Paul, 16, Jack, 12
By the time her treatment began, the
tumour – now 8cm – had become infected and shattered her pelvic bone.
She was admitted to a hospice on July 13 and died ten days later.
Mrs Donovan said: ‘I want to find out
why they missed so many opportunities to diagnose my sister, whose
tortuous death was entirely preventable.’
A spokesman for Sandwell and West
Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust said that it has carried out an
investigation. A date for the inquest is yet to be set.
Family release video of Jannine in pain. WARNING: Distressing scenes