Welsh mother Lois Walker complained for 12 months of stomach pains, but was told by medical staff that she had ‘anxiety’ and was a ‘hypochondriac.’
It was not until Walker gave birth to her son Ray by Caesarian Section in September 2021 that she learnt the devastating truth.
The surgeon who performed the caesarian saw that her intestine region was seriously diseased. Biopsies were done and she was later told it was stomach cancer. Chemotherapy and other drugs have not cured the disease. She has now been told the condition is terminal.
In 2020, Walker noticed a change in her bowel habits and suffered excrutiating pain. She was consistently turned away and her description of the issue did not raise any alarm bells with staff at her local GP. The pain got worse through the pregnancy, to the point where she couldn’t walk or eat. When Walker complained that the pain was so bad she felt like ‘killing herself’, they called the mental health team in on her case.
Speaking to WalesOnline, Walker said while in hospital late in her pregnancy with pain, doctors found a mass behind her womb – leading them to deliver her baby the next day by C-section. She found out from the doctor treating her that she most likely had cancer.
She said, “It’s been absolutely diabolical. They call themselves health professionals, and they’re supposed to be giving us care, but that is negligence. I just feel like it could have been caught sooner, so I wouldn’t have this late diagnosis – and I’m leaving three kids. If the NHS does not acknowledge that things need to change then I feel sorry for everybody and anybody.”