A woman died from an undiagnosed brain tumour after visiting the doctor 14 times to be told her pain was just migraines.
Stephanie Dickson, 24 from Edinburgh, had been suffering from a sore neck, headaches and dizziness for about 9 months.
Doctors repeatedly prescribed her painkillers for stress-related headaches however she eventually went to A&E at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh when her symptoms became too severe. Doctors placed her on a drip and she was discharged the following morning.
Tragically the office worker was found dead in her bed by her family just hours later.
An investigation into her death has found that had she been given the correct treatment up until the night she died, Stephanie would have had a 98% chance of survival. The death could have been avoided as the tumour was benign, coroners found.
Brian Cook, medical director for University Hospitals and Support Services, NHS Lothian issued an apology on behalf of the hospital:
‘We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to Stephanie’s family and friends, and we fully support the work they are doing to raise awareness of the symptoms and consequences of brain tumours.’
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