An inquest into the death of British care worker and bride-to-be Tessa Harker has heard how she was “on all fours on the floor, screaming in pain” when doctors refused her the vital scan that may have saved her life.
The 21-year-old, who was engaged to be married, died on March 6 last year from a 7cm perforated stomach ulcer which doctors misdiagnosed as a bug, the inquest heard.
Her death came six days after her first visit to the Cumberland Infirmary hospital seeking treatment for stomach pains, according to The Mirror.
The inquest delivered by North Bristol NHS Trust revealed had Tessa recieved at CT scan earlier, the ulcer may have been found and her death prevented.
Although the Cumbrian Coroner, Dr Nicholas Shaw recorded her cause of death as “death by natural causes”, he verified her condition was “exacerbated by delays in treatment”.
“I feel that more should have been done to establish a diagnosis,” he told the inquest.
“I am of the opinion that had Tessa been involved in an attempt to find a firm diagnosis then she would have had a better chance of coming through this than she did.
“I personally feel a more vigorous investigation should have been undertaken.”
Metro reports Miss Harker’s fiance Robert Powley told the inquest he and her family were forced to “watch her in agony” as Tessa was sent home from the hospital twice during the last week of her life.
“She was left half naked in the top she was wearing when she came in. There was no care at all,” he said.