GP misdiagnosed my husband and he died …Posted: August 26, 2011
Isabelle Wingrove and her two sons have been through a nightmare. When husband Jeff collapsed with a terrible headache, she rang her GP for advice. She was put through to an out of hours service and when, as Jeff’s condition worsened, she begged the GP she spoke to there to come out and visit, she refused.
Instead she diagnosed harmless vertigo. Over the next 24 hours Jeff’s condition got much worse – but the GP, Dr Francisca Ogunbiyi, simply said if Isabelle was worried, she should bring Jeff to hospital herself. Isabelle also called an ambulance but they also diagnosed vertigo.
The following day Isabelle and her youngest son discovered Jeff virtually unconscious. He was then rushed to hospital but it was too late and he died. In fact, he’d had a stroke and doctors told Isabelle if he’d been treated earlier, he would have survived.
Isabelle’s shocking story made headlines in many national newspapers. She has since been awarded a sum of money for negligence. But although the GP was given a warning by the General Medical Council, she was not barred from practice.
Isabelle still grieves for the loss of Jeff, whom she describes as her soulmate – but she was comforted by the fact Jeff’s death went to save the lives of five other people. This was because, as she faced switching off Jeff’s life support, she made the decision to donate his organs.
However, Isabelle says: “Even now I can’t forgive the doctor for what she did. If she had bothered to come out and see Jeff , he would still be alive today.”
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