"Paralysed down one side."
About: Derby Hospital Derby Hospital Derby 6728
Posted by Paralysed (as ),
I have been going to Derby Hospital for 2 or 3 weeks with back pain. They didn't do any x-rays, ultrasounds or blood tests. Each time the same nurse was on and she would tell me I was okay and send me home with ibuprofen and paracetamol. I also went to the Aboriginal Clinic about my back pain and I got the same response and was just sent home with Ibuprofen and paracetamol.
Finally one night we had to call the ambulance because I collapsed. I was completely paralysed down the left side of my leg. The same nurse who had seen me each time at the hospital came. The ambulance officers were outside and the nurse tried to force me to get up. She then put me on a plastic house chair and dragged me across the floor. While she was pulling me across the ridges on the floor, I was frightened the chair was going to break. But she didn't seem to care.
When I got to the hospital they didn't seem to know anything. A young doctor took one look at me and said, I think she's got a spinal problem. When they realised how serious the problem was they then had me transferred straight to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. The next day they called the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital to inquire how I was, I think because they knew how much of a mistake they'd made.
They found an abscess on my spine which caused the problem.
I have now been transferred back to Derby Hospital and I am walking with a walking frame. My leg is still numb and they don't know if I will ever make a full recovery. I have just been told to keep doing my physio.
If it wasn't for that young doctor, I don't know if I would be permanently paralysed.