A mother of five who was often misdiagnosed with constipation and given laxatives to take home died of cervical cancer at age 34.
Louise Gray visited her doctor in November 2021, complaining of pain and intestinal issues. Despite being treated for cervical cancer, the single mother was given laxatives to take at home in April of that year.
For months, the call centre employee urged doctors to do cancer checks on her, but no exams were performed, according to her relatives. In late September, Louise went away unconscious at her home in the British village of Peterlee, prompting Louise’s mother to dial 911.
She received two blood transfusions at the hospital after being transferred there.
Cervical cancer has spread to her liver, colon, pelvis, and lymph nodes, according to tests. Louise died abruptly on November 3, barely a few weeks after receiving her formal diagnosis.
Her bereaved family is now asking questions and seeking answers after discovering that cancer runs in their family.
“She got sepsis following her first procedure and started to acquire infection after infection,” her aunt Judith Spence, 51, said.
Louise returned to the physicians and told them she feared she had bowel cancer because her digestive symptoms had persisted. The doctor gave her laxatives and told her she was acting stupid because she had piles.
When her digestive issues persisted, she was given harsher laxatives.
“We were afraid she was going to die,” Judith continued.
“Every aspect of this circumstance has been dreadful.” “It went from one thing to another so quickly.” Louise had surgery to remove a portion of her uterus after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
The surgeons pierced Louise’s colon during the procedure, resulting in sepsis.
Her health deteriorated after the surgery, and she was routinely seen by her doctor, according to her relatives.
But, after suffering sepsis twice, she was afraid to go back and concerned that they might make things worse.
“I’m upset that the laxative diagnosis and therapy were begun too late. Her entire family is distraught.”
“We were aware that she had cervical cancer. Our family has a cancer history and possesses a cancer gene.” “The doctors simply ignored the fact that we had a history of cancer.”
Louise’s children comprised twin twins Cole and Caleb, three; Hayden, sixteen; Morgan, thirteen; and Jay, five. “Her two elder children are distraught,” Judith said. They were struck by how quickly their mother was moving. The pain of the weight leaving her was excruciating.
Judith wants to raise awareness because she “doesn’t want this to happen to someone else.” “If the doctors aren’t listening to you, keep pressing,” she suggested.
The adoring aunt described her niece as “bubbly, fun-loving, clever.”
Judith claimed she enjoyed creating her “diamond artwork with family images” by glueing hundreds of sparkling resin “stones” to a medium, such as canvas.
She attempted but failed to complete a shot of all the children together.
Her mother is dedicated to seeing this endeavour through to the end.