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Cancer sufferer sold everything after being told he only had six months to live... then doctors admit: 'We made a mistake

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Cancer sufferer sold everything after being told he only had six months to live... then doctors admit: 'We made a mistake

Post by Guest on 13.10.10 21:17

Cancer sufferer sold everything after being told he only had six months to live... then doctors admit: 'We made a mistake

'By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:24 PM on 13th October 2010

A patient who was given six months to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer sold off all his precious possessions and gave away his dog - only to be told by doctors he wasn't going to die after all.

Malcolm McMahon set about getting his affairs in order after a blundering doctor told him he had terminal liver cancer.

He sold off most of the heirlooms left by his parents and his premium bonds, put his four-bedroom house up for sale, made a will and even gave away his beloved Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The 55-year-old then went about telling his heartbroken girlfriend that he was going to die and sold off his family antiques at a cut price.
Mr McMahon said: 'My girlfriend was devastated. I wanted to make sure the people I loved would be financially secure without me, so I sold antique rings, china ornaments and plates left by my parents for silly money as I thought I didn't have much time'
Mr McMahon said his GP Andy Thompson of Enki Medical Centre, in Handsworth, Birmingham, had interpreted ultrasounds of his liver as cancerous and gave him the devastating news that he had just months to live.

He said: 'I just wanted to cash in on everything I had before I thought I was going to die. I started selling things around three days after the doctors told me I only had months to live.
'I was told my dogs would have to be put down because there would be no one else to look after them, so I tried to find them new homes.
'My Bull Terrier Kiser was given away to a man in Walsall after I'd had her for around four months.'
It wasn't until three agonising months later that Mr McMahon went for a further examination at Birmingham City Hospital and Dr Thompson informed him that the cancer cells were actually harmless lesions on his liver.
He said: 'I sat there listening to the doctor detail about dying at home and how Macmillan nurses could help, but the whole time, I was fine. All that time spent worrying over nothing.
'My girlfriend was devastated. I wanted to make sure the people I loved would be financially secure without me, so I sold antique rings, china ornaments and plates left by my parents for silly money as I thought I didn't have much time.'

'For the doctors to then turn around and tell me I wasn't going to die after all left me traumatised and still mentally affected by the whole thing.'
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He said his list of sold personal items included vases worth £400 which he shifted for just £80, jewellery, hand-engraved crystal glass, and plates.
The depressed former owner of a pawnbroker was also given a 22-month driving ban when he was caught drink-driving just days after his GP broke the devastating news.
And at his lowest point, Mr McMahon, from Erdington, Birmingham, even considered suicide having witnessed his mother and brother Robert both die from lung cancer.
'I just thought it was my time to face the music. What they went through was terrible and for a moment, I thought about ending it all,' he added.
Given six months to live: But three months after his diagnosis, doctors at Birmingham City Hospital told Malcolm McMahon that he wasn't dying after all and that the 'cancer cells' were in fact harmless lesions
A spokeswoman for Dr Thompson, who works for Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust, said he was unavailable for comment.
But a report on the case by specialist adviser Dr Nicholas Plant said the first ultrasound showed liver lesions and suggested 'liver metastases' which are cancerous tumours that spread to the liver from somewhere else in the body.
He wrote: 'It was a difficult case where the original findings were highly suggestive of cancer.
'In my opinion, the GP informed Mr McMahon of the situation as he saw it, that there was a strong possibility of cancer at the time when he was first seen.'

He added: 'It does appear that fortunately Mr McMahon does not have cancer.'



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Here are some comments from readers:

Mr McMahon you should be smiling from ear to ear not looking so damn miserable. The most precious thing in life is health and family ; the other stuff really doesn't matter
- rob, chesham, 13/10/2010 16:28

Now I would not accept a diagnosis given by a G.P. especially about something so specialised as the liver. Consultants get paid a lot to do that. So this need never have happened if he had done the sensible thing and seen a consultant. What an odd over the wall reaction!
- Confused male, UK, 13/10/2010 16:38

How would you react? Would you just be delighted you weren't going to die, or would you feel all depressed and moaning that you had sold off your posessions? He seemed to start selling off everything very quickly.




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Re: Cancer sufferer sold everything after being told he only had six months to live... then doctors admit: 'We made a mistake

Post by littlepixie on 13.10.10 22:48

I wouldn't have thought a G.P. would tell you you had terminal cancer before you saw a specialist. Doesn't happen IMO. Nor does anyone tell you your dogs will have to be put down if you die. I think this gentleman may have mis-interpreted what the G.P. and the person who spoke to him about his dogs meant.
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