08 May 2007
Misdiagnosed cancer man to sue for compensation
A man who spent his life savings and gave up work after doctors mistakenly said he had six months to live, is to sue for damages.
John Brandrick was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two years ago by doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital who said the disease would kill him within half a year.
In the meantime, Mr Brandrick frittered away his life savings on expensive meals, gave up his job with the local council and stopped making his mortgage repayments.
However, following a second examination it was found that he had only been suffering from non-fatal Pancreatis.
Since then the extra expense of living caused by his unexpectedly prolonged lifespan has seen him sell his house in order to survive financially.
He said: "I was told I only had six months to live. I gave everything away. I just kept a suit, shirt and tie to be buried in. It is a relief to know your life is saved but if your pot’s empty you can’t enjoy the quality of life."
The hospital denies the charge of negligence.