A wrong diagnosis almost cost the life of a wife and mother, leading her husband to speak out and demand answers from their doctor.
When Teresa Kurzaj arrived in the A&E department of Grantham Hospital on Friday night she was is such a bad state that she was rushed straight through.
She could not speak, nor barely breathe, and her neck swelled out wider than her jawbone. After diagnosing quinsy, a collection of pus that develops between the back of tonsils and the throat wall, a doctor told her that she could have died if left for two more days.
Mrs Kurzaj’s husband, Robin, is angry that his wife had visited a GP at Swingbridge Surgery twice during the week to be told she had a flu virus.
Speaking at their home in Harlaxton Road, Grantham, he said: “It doesn’t matter what line of business you’re in, if you don’t know what the problem is you should ask someone else.
“What Teresa had was life or death.”
Looking at her husband, Mrs Kurzaj said: “I’ve never seen you so frightened.”
Mrs Kurzaj received treatment at Lincoln County Hospital and was discharged on Saturday. On Monday, Mr Kurzaj, 55, went to the surgery, in Swingbridge Road, and demanded a written apology to his wife. He said the reception staff were unhelpful and has now vowed to take his complaint further.
He said: “There are too many people, like her, who wonder what will happen if they say something about their doctor, but, if you don’t, something bad might happen to someone else.”
Mrs Kurzaj is on the road to recovery but still cannot work.
Swingbridge practice manager Julie Beatty was unable to discuss patient details but said there was a complaints procedure available which their patients could go through if they had a grievance.