The household of an NHS nurse whose cervical cancer was missed a number of instances by medics has known as for a full unbiased inquiry into her care.
Julie O’Connor, 49, died final week after recording a poignant video from her mattress simply days earlier than.
The previous NHS nurse, from Gloucestershire, described her anger on the errors made by the NHS that she and her household consider value her the chance of treating her cervical cancer.
Within the video, Mrs O’Connor mentioned: “I think it took six attempts for the cancer to be diagnosed. It’s disgusting I have been suffering the way I have and I continue to suffer.”
On the finish of the video she instructed her brother, who is behind the digicam, that she is going to die “in the next few days”. She died three days later.
Her husband Kevin O’Connor, who was married to her for 31 years, instructed Sky Information his spouse “touched everybody with a smile”.
He mentioned: “That’s one of the last things she said to me – ‘don’t let anybody else go through this pain and suffering’. That was the reason behind the video.”
In 2014 a smear take a look at got here again adverse however Mrs O’Connor had a nagging feeling that one thing was not proper and so she pursued it for 3 years.
It was solely in 2017 that a physician at a personal hospital identified her cancer.
Within the video, Mrs O’Connor mentioned her NHS care had not been ok.
“The pathologist and the gynaecologist, who had several opportunities to intervene, I hold them responsible, and I do hold the board of directors at North Bristol Trust accountable,” she mentioned.
In an announcement, North Bristol NHS Belief Medical Director Dr Chris Burton despatched his condolences to the household and mentioned: “We are committed to understanding the full circumstances of the care we provided so we can improve our services for the future, and we will be publicly open with the overall findings of the independent investigation we have commissioned.”
However Mr O’Connor mentioned he was disillusioned by the scope and scale of the hospital-commissioned investigation and known as for a wider evaluate.
He added: “Anger is a wasted emotion. It is simply an enchantment – please take a look at the evaluate, please take into account the larger image, take a look at if there’s different victims on the market.
“I consider there’s a larger image on the market. There are probably extra victims.
“If North Bristol’s Trust had enacted the actions and recommendations from previous reviews, Julie would still be alive. That, for me, was the fundamental failure.”
Their two grown up kids had been in a position to spend time with their mom within the hospice earlier than she handed away.
Her daughter Sophie, 22, instructed Sky Information: “I am not offended in any respect as a result of I believe there isn’t any level being offended.
“It will not assist or change something and Mum was by no means offended – she was simply upset.
“We knew the end was coming but it was nice that I could be there with her and I think it was closure in the end…she would always tell me ‘please just tell your friends about smear tests and get them to tell their friends and daughters’.”
Mrs O’Connor’s funeral will happen close to her childhood house on the Wirral subsequent week.