The husband of a woman who died after giving birth to the couple´s second child has made a claim for the misdiagnosis of cervical cancer
Louisa Foster from Granborough in Buckinghamshire had a routine smear test at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2008 and was told that the results were normal. In 2010, she underwent IVF treatment to help with the conception of her second child.
Shortly after her son was born on 1st December 2010, Louisa started to experience abdominal pain and discomfort, but – on returning to Stoke Mandeville on several occasions – was told that her symptoms were attributable to the Caesarean Section she had or due to an infection.
Depending on which junior doctor she saw, Louise was prescribed antibiotics or told to go home and take a paracetamol; and it was not until April 2011 that she finally saw a specialist who diagnosed her with an advanced cervical tumour.
Louisa underwent two years of treatment for the cancer at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford – including intensive chemoradiotherapy and a hysterectomy – but she never recovered from the misdiagnosis of cervical cancer and died in June 2013 aged 35.
After seeking legal advice, Louisa´s widow – Graeme – made a claim for the misdiagnosis of cervical cancer. In his claim, Graeme alleged that doctors ignored the fact that his wife was losing weight rapidly or said that it was due to her breast feeding her son.
Graeme said that the couple had persevered to get a correct diagnosis because their first child had been born by Caesarean Section, and Louisa knew that the symptoms she was experiencing were not right. He hopes that by making a claim for the misdiagnosis of cervical cancer against the Buckingham Healthcare NHS Trust, the mistakes that were made in Louisa´s treatment will not be repeated.
Graeme told his local paper: “It has been a long, long haul and taken a lot out of us all, but now on behalf of our children and other women who may be going through the same situation I’m hoping to get to the bottom of what happened.”