Amelia Ellerby of York, UK, reported having a tumor on her back for over a year, but was only referred for telephone appointments. By the time she finally got to the office, it was too late – the cancer had spread over much of her upper body. The woman died at the age of 19, her funeral was held on Thursday.
19-year-old Amelia Ellerby died on June 12. Less than a month earlier, an x-ray showed that the cancer had already spread to much of her upper body and that she had no more than two months to live. However, the deceased’s family is convinced that the chances of a cure would have been much higher if the cancer had been examined earlier – the woman had tried unsuccessfully to see a doctor for over a year.
A lump on the back
Amelia Ellerby made the first attempt to contact her family doctor at the Priory Medical Center in York in February 2021. She then complained of pain in her back and discovered a disturbing lump there. On the hotline, she heard that she had to fill out an online form. After she did so, she was scheduled for a television visit.
Based on information from Amelia over the phone, the doctor concluded that the pain was probably caused by a harmless cyst. He also ordered computed tomography, but the waiting time for this examination was as long as six months.
Six weeks after the first television visit, the teenager contacted the clinic in York again. She reported that the pain had worsened and asked again to see the doctor face to face. However, she was ordered to wait for the appointment.
Multiple organ metastases
Ultimately, for over a year, no computed tomography was performed. Meanwhile, Amelia regularly tried to make an appointment at the office. He persuaded her to do so, among others a medical member of her family who, in October 2021, felt a lump “the size of a pea” on her back. The woman did not come across an examination in the office until the spring of 2022, when one of the doctors was concerned about the answers she posted on the electronic form.
After examining the patient, the doctor ordered her to perform an X-ray and MRI as soon as possible. Research has shown that Amelia has lung cancer, and the cancer – a malignant soft tissue sarcoma – has also spread to the stomach, liver and lymph nodes. “The upper half of her body was covered in cancer,” said Claire Henshaw, the deceased’s aunt who had lived with her for the past four years, quoted by The Press.
“She got over it”
Claire Henshaw emphasized in an interview with the newspaper that Amelia boldly faced her disease and tried to “be positive with everyone around.” – She accepted it. She said she would be back with her dad (who died seven years earlier – ed.) – added Henshaw.
Amelia was buried on Thursday, July 7 at the York Cemetery. As the Daily Mail announced, the theme of the ceremony was supposed to be superheroes. It was one of the last wishes of the 19-year-old.
The spokesman of the hospital, to which the woman eventually ended up, referred to the case. He expressed his sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and offered all information regarding the treatment given to Amelia Ellerby. “How appointments are scheduled and the order in which examinations such as x-rays are performed depend on the type of reports we receive,” he said in a statement quoted by The Press. “If an application is for a cancer screening, then it is placed on a priority list and is done quickly, usually within two weeks,” he added.
yorkpress.co.uk, Daily Mail
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