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Badly Misdiagnosed nearly died

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  • Posted By: almondbury
  • February 10, 2007
  • 11:32 AM

My name is Rhys R Robinson this is a brief history of what happened to me
and my subsequent treatment at a private Clinic in JHB.

On the December 2006 I had a bad fall from a 2-story building, I then went
to the clinic for a check up
On arrival I was x-rayed and found to have no broken bones no further tests
or scans were carried out.

A week later I had a few drinks with some friends and the following morning
had excruciating pain in my abdomen which was very distended.

I then returned to the clinic and was told by Dr x, who told my sister and
my sister in law (who is a doctor at the George Hospital) that I had
Pancreatitis and that I had a 20% chance of dying I was then placed into a
general ward and placed on a drip of TPN and anti-biotics and I was also
given pain killers via the drip.

About a week later my condition deteriorated I was placed into ICU and onto
life support as my oxygen saturation levels were at 40% and I was turning

My brother who has nursing training very concerned with my condition then
consulted a second doctor a specialist gastrointerologist who came to see me
in ICU then ordered a sonar scan and it was found that I had air and fluid
in my abdominal cavity.

Still on a respirator I was then taken for a CT scan and during this
procedure I was required to "bag myself".
Which I feel under was totally unexceptable under my present condition.

After the scan I was taken into theater where a laperotomy was performed by
Dr x and it was found that I had a rupture in my intestine and that infact
was suffering from Peritonitis.
I feel it to be totally unexceptable for the doctor not to have done a scan
in the first place and to misdiagnose my condition as Pancreatitis as I am
only 34 years of age with no history of substance abuse.
A few days after the laperotomy I was placed back into the general ward and
two days later my drain was removed and told I had been discharged, with no
antibiotics I was now under the care of Dr y as Dr x had gone on holiday to

A few days later my condition deteriorated and I then returned to the clinic
and was told that they, the hospital would not admit me unless I paid them a
further R20 000.00. Up to this point they had been paid an initial R30
000.00 and a further R50 000.00 by my sister.
My sister then arraigned a plane ticket and a wheelchair for me and I was
flown to George and immediately taken to the George provincial hospital,
where I was found that I had gone septic again. They performed a second
laperotomy on me cleaned me out inserted a drain and placed me on
antibiotics again, the drain has now been removed after 2 weeks and I am
recovering quite well but I feel if I had not been misdiagnosed in the first
place I would not have needed to go into ICU or have needed to have a second

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