A 27-year-old man from the city of Leeds in England reportedly visited a hospital 13 times this year, begging for an MRI scan that may have prevented his death.
Sherwin Hall first sought care on March 23 while suffering from leg pain but was misdiagnosed and sent home with antibiotics. It wasn’t until May 26 that he finally underwent imaging that unearthed tumors on his pelvis and in his lungs, the BBC reported.
Hall had allegedly implored the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for diagnostic care, his wife told the news service. However, the health system had reserved scanners only for “urgent interventions,” with radiology services slowed down due to the pandemic.
“It is likely he would still be here today,” LaTroya Hall told the BBC.
The U.K. National Health Services Trust is reportedly grappling with backlog of 50,000 people living with undiagnosed cancer across the country, the Macmillan
Cancer Support charity estimates.
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