Mother told she had frozen shoulder for three-years dies in hospital toilet hours after doctors diagnose cancerBy Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:45 PM on 15th April 2011
A mother who was wrongly diagnosed with a frozen shoulder for three years was finally told she was actually suffering from cancer - the day before she died in a hospital toilet.
Care home worker Jean Cross, 60, repeatedly complained about the pain in her arm and was eventually left in total agony and unable to move it.
But GPs at her local surgery prescribed painkillers and told her to get physiotherapy and alternative therapies.
But the cancer was so advanced that doctors could do nothing to save her - and she died within hours of being diagnosed.
To make matters worse, Jean was found dead in a toilet at Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin, Moray.
Her devastated husband Colin, also 60, is now considering legal action.
He said: 'I got a call to say she was found dead in the toilet.
'Staff at the hospital said they had been so busy they hadn't had time to check on her and she could have been there for two hours.
'Going by the look on her face I think she was in real pain. It's devastating to think she died on a toilet floor, scared alone and in agony.
'Jean was a hard-working woman who put her trust in these doctors. But when she needed them they let her down badly. I want to know how they could have missed lung cancer for three years.
'It makes me so angry to think of her lying there in pain because of someone else's mistake.'
Digger driver Colin revealed: 'Once she came out of the surgery in tears because they wouldn't listen to her.
Six months ago grandmother-of-two Jean's condition took a rapid turn for the worse and she was unable to move her arm.
Colin revealed: 'She was almost climbing the walls in agony.
'As she was lying there the doctor told her he had seen her scans and thought she had lung cancer.'
Around 300 sympathy cards have arrived for popular Jean and the baptist church in Buckie was packed out for her funeral on Tuesday.
Colin, daughter Amanda and son, also Colin, are now considering taking legal action against NHS Grampian.
Colin senior added: 'We're not interested in compensation or anything like that.
'I still can't believe that she had cancer all that time and it was missed.'
A spokesman for NHs Grampian expressed sympathy for the family and said they would play a 'key part' in the investigation into her death.
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