A woman from Ashfield has had her leg, half her pelvis and hip removed, due to bone cancer. She blames King’s Mill Hospital for missing opportunities to prevent the disease from spreading.
Samantha Hill, 22, injured her leg in March 2019 and was taken to hospital in an ambulance. The injury left her struggling to walk. During a 2 year period, she visited King’s Mill Hospital on six different occasions, complaining about her leg but was turned away each time.
Samantha claimed the hospital ‘downplayed’ the pain she was experiencing and believes if doctors diagnosed her earlier, she would not have needed life changing surgery.
Samantha said: “Each time I went to the hospital I kept asking for an x-ray, but they wouldn’t listen.
“They wouldn’t even provide me with pain relief or crutches.
“I kept on being told it was just a bruise and to take some paracetamol and everything would be fine, but everything wasn’t fine.”
THE HOSPITAL DIDN’T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT ME
Samantha Hill, Cancer patient
In September 2021, after the pain escalated and Samantha kept limping and falling, Samantha consulted her GP for advice, who sent her for an x-ray, which revealed she had lesions in her leg.
After a referral to King’s Mill Hospital, doctors diagnosed her with Clear Cell Chondrosarcoma Cancer.
On the 16th of February 2022, Samantha had to have a hindquarter amputation at Birmingham Royal Orthopedic Hospital to remove the cancer.
Samantha said: “The cancer could have been caught earlier on if the hospital had listened and I would not be sat here right now without a leg, but the hospital didn’t seem to care about me.”
Video: Samantha Hill speaking about her experience with King’s Mill Hospital
Marina Wheeler, Samantha’s mother, blames King’s Mill Hospital for dismissing her daughter’s concerns and not giving her an x-ray sooner.
Marina said: “If the hospital had listened, the surgery wouldn’t have been so drastic.
“The hospital could have caught the cancer sooner and Samantha could have had a limb-sparing surgery instead of a life changing one.”
Video: Marina Wheeler, Samantha’s mother speaks about her daughters cancer
In a joint statement from NHS Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sherwood Forest Hospitals (SFH), a spokesperson responded to Samantha and Marina’s claims and said: “We are sorry to hear of Miss Hill’s concerns regarding her care and would welcome the opportunity to learn more about her experience and discuss this in more detail.
“We recognise that access to different areas of the healthcare system can be frustrating and sometimes confusing.”
THE HOSPITAL HAD A DUTY OF CARE AND THEY LET US DOWN
Marina Wheeler, Samantha’s Mother
Marina believes the hospitals statement is not good enough and explains that the hospital does not understand how their negligence has not only ruined Samantha’s life but has impacted everyone around her.
Marina added her mental health is slowly deteriorating, and she cries most days, as she can’t cope with watching her daughter suffer in a wheelchair.
Marina said: “It’s been strenuous and stressful, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, not even my worst enemy.
“The hospital had a duty of care and they let us down.”
In February 2021, Samantha’s mum raised money for Teenage Cancer Trust by doing the 2800 squats challenge for the month, raising money, and creating awareness for cancer.
Both Samantha and Marina said Teenage Cancer Trust has provided valuable support to them both throughout the whole treatment process.
The charity supports cancer patients from the ages of 13-24 to assist people through their cancer experience.
Audio: Yvonne Mackintosh, relationships manger at Teenage Cancer Trust, talks about the charity and how they support people with cancer
Samantha explained that her cancer has not only impacted her life, but has affected her ability to care for her 4 year old daughter, Phoebe. Samantha said she struggles to take her daughter to school or even play with her.
The operation has left Samantha anxious and with low self-esteem.
Audio: Samantha Hill, speaking about how having cancer has affected her mental health
Samantha said her biggest fear is not knowing whether her cancer will return.
Samantha believes she has been robbed of her old life and worries about whether she will ever be able to feel normal again.
- Clear Cell Chondrosarcoma Cancer is a rare cancer that develops in the supporting tissue of the body such as the bone, cartilage, tendons, fat, and muscle.
- In the UK there are around 375,000 new cancer cases diagnosed each year.
- In the UK four out of ten cancer patients are initially misdiagnosed.
- One in two people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.
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