Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) says it cannot comment on individual cases, but is looking into reports that a 9-year-old girl with a “badly broken leg” was told by a doctor to go home and “walk it off” after he “failed to spot” the injury, in the words of the Yorkshire Post.
Lucy Holmes said she was trying to avoid a pothole while rollerblading when she suffered the nasty fall. Her mother, Helen, immediately took her to the Hull Royal Infirmary, where the family said they had to wait about six hours before being seen.
Speaking with the Hull Daily Mail, the family said when they finally saw a medical professional, the doctor asked Lucy to try walking on the leg.
She said she can’t “remember much else as I was in so much pain,” but instead of taking an X-ray or continuing the examination, the doctor allegedly told Lucy to go home and try to “walk it off.”
“We feel really guilty because we were getting annoyed with Lucy on the Sunday night and said she must be overacting,” the girl’s father said.
But the parents took Lucy back to the hospital the next day, where an eventual X-ray revealed that the child had a serious spiral fracture.
The entire family was horrified.
“There is something drastically wrong when you can’t get an X-ray,” Lucy’s father said. “We know there have been some cuts but is my daughter not worth an X-ray?”
Her grandmother added that “something has to be done about this” and “you have to [be able to] trust what the doctors say.”
The family is not seeking compensation for their ordeal, but say they want to “highlight the problems we suffered.”
You can watch an interview with Lucy, below:
Britain’s National Health Service, though lauded by many within the country, has a frightening history of neglect and abuse.
In a Mid Staffordshire hospital, an investigation found that up to 1,200 people died unnecessarily and in horrifying conditions, some of the less mobile patients dying of thirst and starvation.
Doctors recently excoriated the system as “worse than Communist China.”
Last week the U.K. Telegraph reported that a 6-year-old died of pneumonia at the Leicester Royal Infirmary after staff confused him with someone who had a “do not resuscitate” order, who had already been checked out of the hospital.
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