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Friday, 28 July 2006 08:34
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
BROKEN LEG MISSED FOR 3 WEEKS
An eight year old boy, Mikey Handley, was forced to hobble about on a broken leg for three weeks after a doctor told him there was nothing wrong.

Mikey put up with two wrong diagnoses before medics eventually agreed to X-ray the leg.

The schoolboy was left writhing in agony after falling over while playing with his little brother.

But when his mum Claire Richardson carried her son to their doctor's surgery in Dumfries, she was told his leg was fine.

A week later, Mikey was still suffering and went back to the town's Lochthorn Medical Centre, only to be told again there was nothing wrong with his leg.

Last night, Claire said: "It all started when his little brother Lennox got a new bike and accidentally ran into Mikey, who tripped and fell over. His nana put a Tubagrip on, which held his leg in place.

"I got the impression the doctor thought Mikey was putting on an act. But he's a doctor, so I believed Mikey was alright".

But the youngster was still in unbearable pain, sobbing in agony in the middle of the night.

Dad Michael finally took him to Dumfries Infirmary.

Claire said: "The doctor there said I had been right all along and that Mikey had a three-week old broken leg.

"I was really furious because Mikey had been suffering for so long”.

Now the family is demanding an investigation.

Lochthorn Medical Centre refused to comment last night.


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