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Grandfather told doctors: ‘I’m not leaving. I don’t know what’s wrong, but I know something ain’t right’

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Four years ago, Raymond Evans began suffering from a “gagging feeling” which was so bad that he took himself to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital's emergency room.

“They said there was nothing wrong,” said the 62-year-old. “I left. I told myself it was a touch of the flu or something. It happened again about two weeks later. I went back. Still told me 'nothing wrong with you'.

“The third time I said 'look, something is wrong'. They told me again that nothing was wrong. This happened over a six-week period. The fourth time I went back was in May 2008.

“I said 'I'm not leaving. I don't know what's wrong, but I know something ain't right'.”

During that visit, father-of-two Mr Evans said a biopsy was carried out, after which he was diagnosed with a malignant gastric ulcer.

“I could have two years, maybe three years. Eventually it goes to my bones and brain. The oncologist has told me I have incurable cancer.”

The illness forced him to leave his job doing car maintenance at the Supreme Court in September. He now has chemotherapy every three weeks.

The Devonshire grandfather claims doctors in Boston told him if they'd seen him sooner, his cancer may not have been terminal.

His complaint with KEMH is that it took four visits to ER for the ulcer to be identified due, he alleges, to doctors being “careless in their examination”.

Lawyer Rick Woolridge is acting on his behalf with a view to suing the hospital.

Mr Evans said: “I never complained. When someone gives you devastating news you go into shock, a little bit. No one [from the hospital] ever came to me to said 'how do you feel about this?'.”

A Bermuda Hospitals Board spokeswoman said: “The first we became aware of Mr Evans's case was through the media when he was interviewed in 2008 threatening legal action.

“In the wake of this interview, a full internal investigation was undertaken, even though Mr Evans did not write to us to make a complaint.

“On January 30, 2012, Mr Evans left a feedback form in a hospital drop box that stated he had a lawyer and was taking us to court but we have not had any subsequent follow-up.

“We have great sympathy for his condition. However, our investigation found that he was appropriately treated in emergency but did not follow up on the advice of the emergency physicians.”

Raymond Evans has an incurable malignant ulcer in his stomach. He is joining a new group launched by Allan DeSilva calling for better service for KEMH patients.( Photo by Glenn Tucker )
Raymond Evans has an incurable malignant ulcer in his stomach. He is joining a new group launched by Allan DeSilva calling for better service for KEMH patients.( Photo by Glenn Tucker )

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Published February 28, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated February 28, 2012 at 8:47 am)

Grandfather told doctors: ‘I’m not leaving. I don’t know what’s wrong, but I know something ain’t right’

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