Most cancers sufferer, 19, died after pleading in agony to see her physician

A household has revealed how a 19-year-old lady died riddled with most cancers after pleading in agony to see her physician for greater than a yr.

The household of Amelia Ellerby are demanding solutions and have slammed GPs for utilizing Covid-19 as ‘an excuse’ to not see sufferers.

The lump on Miss Ellerby’s again was solely ‘the scale of a pea’ when she first contacted her GP in York throughout lockdown in February 2021. 

She was requested to fill in a web-based session kind and her case was handled over the telephone. 

Miss Ellerby was instructed it was in all probability only a cyst and she or he could be referred for a scan however there was a six month wait.

Amelia Ellerby, 19, from York, pleaded in agony to see her physician for greater than a yr

Round six weeks later, she rang once more, asking for an appointment, and was instructed she would simply have to attend for the scan.

She was prescribed antibiotics over the telephone with out being seen. She saved ringing again begging to be seen because the lump grew and the ache elevated.

In February this yr, she was in a lot ache she known as 999. Paramedics attended however declined jurisdiction of the case since she was underneath her GP.

In March, she once more crammed in a web-based GP kind. However this time, a involved physician realised one thing was very flawed and known as her in straightaway.

Aunt Claire Hanshaw, whom Miss Ellerby lived with, stated: ‘She saved ringing them each six weeks as a result of the lump was nonetheless there.

‘She didn’t know what it was and needed to be seen. They only saved saying she had been referred for a scan. She didn’t get seen for a yr.

‘When she did finally get seen by a health care provider he acquired her in two days later for an X-ray.

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‘Per week and half later she had an MRI scan as a result of the physician was involved and thought it could be most cancers.

Miss Ellerby was instructed she had solely two months to dwell. The 19-year-old died on June 12

‘In March this yr she crammed within the on-line kind once more. Fortunately, the physician who rang her stated for her to go straight down and stated she ought to have been seen earlier than.’

Miss Ellerby had the MRI scan in the direction of the top of March. Whereas she was nonetheless ready for the outcomes two weeks later she was in a lot ache she went to A&E in York.

They did a CT scan which revealed most cancers on her lungs, lymph nodes, and groin nicely as in her again. They admitted her to attempt to get her ache underneath management.

She was referred to Leeds for extra scans and ache administration.

She began chemotherapy there in Could. However she had solely had one spherical when the outcomes of the scans got here by way of.

Devastated Miss Ellerby was then instructed she had solely two months to dwell. She died on June 12 and her funeral takes place tomorrow at York Crematorium.

The household have had no clarification or apology from the surgical procedure in regards to the purpose for the delay.

‘We have now all labored by way of Covid anyway. We’re livid. It’s time docs stopped utilizing Covid as an excuse to see fewer individuals.

‘She knew she was dying and stated ‘It’s best to sue ’em. Somebody ought to pay for this’.

‘She was offended she had not been seen. She may have been cured or had a pair extra years of life if they’d saved it

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‘Clearly, when she first discovered the lump it was a whole lot of smaller. If she had been seen it may have been eliminated and she or he would nonetheless be right here now.

Miss Ellerby’s different aunt, Meredith Stier, from Sunderland, stated: ‘She got here to see me and my husband, who’s a paramedic, in October 2021. My husband instructed her to return to the physician because it was a tough lump and he was fearful. It wasn’t a cyst.

‘She saved ringing the GPs they usually instructed her that she was on the listing for the ultrasound and she or he would simply have to attend. Throughout that point, the lump saved rising in measurement. She was in a whole lot of ache. She saved working, regardless of being in ache.

‘Amelia at all times put a courageous face on for her family and friends. However deep down she was actually scared and offended, all of us have been. It felt like she had been failed massively by the system. My husband and I, noticed her in October 2021 with the pea sized lump, and she or he died June 12. That’s how aggressive this most cancers was.

‘It’s terrible, they blame Covid however I simply don’t purchase it in any respect. Her gran was ringing the hospital on daily basis for weeks begging them to see Amelia.

‘We perceive that so many different persons are in the identical scenario. However she was 19 years outdated, a complete life forward and no person was listening to the ache she was in.’

The Priory Medical Centre, in Acomb, York, the place Miss Ellerby had been a affected person for six years, stated it doesn’t touch upon particular person circumstances.

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Ms Hanshaw stated Miss Ellerby coped along with her terminal analysis with nice braveness – even occurring to plan components of her funeral.

Ms Hanshaw stated Miss Ellerby, whose father Mark died seven years in the past, was shocked and upset by the analysis.

‘However she tried to remain optimistic for everyone else. She accepted it. She stated she was going to be again along with her dad,’ she added.

Main care suppliers NHS Vale of York Scientific Commissioning Group (CCG) additionally stated they’d not touch upon particular person circumstances.

York and Scarborough Educating Hospitals NHS Basis Belief, which carries out scans, stated: ‘Our sympathies are with Amelia’s household at this terribly unhappy time.

‘The best way appointments are allotted and prioritised for diagnostic procedures corresponding to scans relies on the character of the referral that we obtain, both from a GP or a clinician inside the hospital.

‘If a referral is made to analyze a possible most cancers, then that is fast-tracked and could be performed shortly, often inside two weeks. We continued to obtain fast-track referrals and preserve this service all through the pandemic.

‘Early detection and analysis of most cancers is extremely essential and we might encourage anybody who has any considerations to contact their GP as quickly as doable.

‘We might additionally encourage Amelia’s household to contact us if they’ve any questions in regards to the care she acquired.’

The funeral at 1pm tomorrow may have a superheroes theme, which was certainly one of former Huntington College pupil Miss Ellerby’s closing needs.

She additionally selected among the music, together with I Will Survive and See You Once more, which was performed on the funeral of her father.

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