An old report revised revealed the truth behind a case that was considered to be of lung cancer but was actually a rare disease that was encountered.
The case dealt with a 56 year old man, Allan Kenneth Miller who died within 12 days of suffering. The case takes back to the year 2007, when this patient got admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).
The doctors suspected it to be a case of lung cancer at its final stage and the after causes reported it’s spreading to the brain. This made them carry out intrusive tests to satisfy their scrutiny. However, Mr. Miller was not in a favor to undergo the tests and hence, abjured his approval to the tests.
However, the reports produced by Deputy South Australian Coroner Anthony Schapel stated that the case was of a rare disease of lungs and not lung cancer. However, he confirmed that the spread of the disease was wide and had already affected his Central Nervous System, kidneys, liver, thyroids and lungs, but at the same time being assertive explained that an antibiotic treatment could have possibly saved his life.
He being diplomatic said that the infection was difficult to diagnose but it was not next to impossible. He said, "It is likely that a working diagnosis of nocardiosis would have been made with some alacrity and that the necessary treatment could have been commenced”.
This infection was considered very rare. A total of only five cases are reported every year in South Australia.
The report produced by Mr. Schapel was very clear. No chances of doubts were administered. Hence, the Coroner Court found the case to be true from his side and declared the death to be a mistake committed by the doctors due to wrong diagnosis.
However, coroner wants the report to be sent to the General Manager of RAH so that no such case occurs again.