A new mother revealed her heart condition after doctors found she had terminal cancer while giving birth.
Doctors found Lois Walker, 38, had tumors on her ovaries, liver and intestines while they did a C-section on her last September.
Moments before her newborn son Ray was placed in her arms for the first time, she received the scary news that the masses could be cancer.
Test results two weeks later confirmed that she had stage 4 ovarian cancer, and that it had spread all around her body.
The mother-in-law accused Dove Valley Practice and Barnsley Hospital of “negligence” and claims there were ample chances of catching the cancer earlier.
Mrs Walker, from Worsbrough in south Yorkshire, complained of stomach pain for more than a year before giving birth, making 20 calls to her doctor and many trips to A&E.
She had previously been diagnosed with skin cancer and had even expressed concern to doctors that she might be suffering from cancer symptoms.
But doctors dismissed her symptoms as anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome and part of “aging”, labeled her as hypochondriac and told her to avoid dairy products.
The doctor who gave birth to Mrs Walker’s son even cried and said he left her, she claims.
Lois Walker, 38, (pictured with her partner Dale Wistow and newborn son Ray) received the gigantic diagnosis of stage 4 ovarian cancer during what should have been one of the happiest moments of her life.
Moments before her newborn son Ray was placed in her arms for the first time nine months ago, doctors saw tumors covering her organs as they performed a cesarean section.
Ms Walker, who was previously diagnosed with skin cancer, has even expressed concern to doctors that she could be suffering from cancer symptoms. But doctors dismissed her symptoms as anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome and part of “aging”, labeled her as hypochondriac and told her to avoid dairy products. The doctor who gave birth to Mrs Walker’s son even cried and said he had left her, she claims.
WHAT IS OVARIAN CANCER?
Ovarian cancer affects the 2 small organs (ovaries) that store the eggs needed to make babies.
Anyone with ovaries can get ovarian cancer, but it mostly affects those over 50 years old.
Sometimes ovarian cancer runs in families.
The symptoms of ovarian cancer, such as swelling, are not always obvious.
Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed late, but early diagnosis may mean it is more treatable.
About 7,500 women in the UK and 20,000 in the US are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year.
Nearly one in five women will survive for five years after stage four diagnosis.
The main treatments are surgery and chemotherapy. Other treatments include targeted medications and hormone treatments.
Mrs Walker said: ‘It was absolutely damn bad. They call themselves health professionals, and they’re supposed to take care of us, but that’s negligence.
– I just feel like it could have been caught earlier, so I wouldn’t have this late diagnosis – and I’m leaving three kids.
“If the NHS doesn’t recognize that things need to change, then I feel sorry for everyone and anyone.”
Mrs. Walker first got worse in June 2020, when she experienced strange bathing habits and swelling around her diaphragm.
She regularly called doctors at Dove Valley Practice and visited Barnsley Hospital, but was told she may have IBS.
A fundraiser A website set up by her sister Megan Walker, who has so far raised more than £ 8,000 for Cancer Research, states she was unable to take a smear test because “doctors did not do them” due to Covid restrictions.
Ms Walker said she continued to call her doctor as her symptoms worsened. But the doctors only offered her medicine for hypochondria.
She said: ‘I went to the doctors, but I couldn’t tell them anything new because it was always the same symptoms, so they treated me with antacids.
– Then, I was told it could be sanangoro, so I was given a quote.
– I already had skin cancer, so I said to my doctor, “Don’t you think I could have cancer?”
‘And he said,’ Oh no, you’re just getting older and bodies aren’t working either. ‘
Ms Walker discovered she was pregnant in December 2020 and was left in unbearable pain after sexual intercourse 14 weeks later.
She said: ‘I could not deal with this pain, and the longer the pregnancy lasted, the more painful it became. It got to the point where I couldn’t walk or eat.
‘The doctor said I weighed the same as I did 12 months ago, and by this time I was nine months pregnant – and that didn’t sound like an alarm at all.’
Ms Walker said when the pain was too much to bear, she finally told doctors she was ready to kill herself if they didn’t take her worries seriously.
She was admitted to the hospital for pain management where she was given morphine, but again there was no in-depth investigation by doctors into what caused the pain.
Ms Walker added: “Then the final straw was when they had to involve the mental health team because I said it had reached the point where I would have to end both of our lives, and I’m ashamed to say that.”
Her doctor then did a more thorough investigation of her worries and found a mass behind her uterus – causing them to give birth to her baby the next day.
And on September 3, 2021, when she gave birth to her third son, Ray, she learned from the doctor treating her that she was most likely to have cancer.
Ms Walker said: “When they opened me up, he said,‘ I thought you said you didn’t have abdominal surgery? ’And I said I didn’t.
‘Then I knew something had been found, for they had called some doctors.
– They just said, basically, that my abdomen is so sick that some biopsies had to be sent and I would have to wait. But I still knew.
‘The doctor actually grabbed my hand and he cried and he actually said he was going to fail me.’
Mrs Walker’s sister said her abdomen was “punctured by cancer” and Ray even had “an indentation in his head” because he was “exposed to the tumor in her uterus”.
Mr Walker’s partner Dale Wistow (right) told the BBC: “This could have been caught sooner than it was. It’s just a little unhealthy, especially with children. We don’t know what the future holds now. ‘
Mrs Walker (pictured with Ray and her 3-year-old son Ronnie) said: “It was really, really hard. I didn’t want to be tied to him, but he’s my sunbeam. My kids are my target. to make memories. If love could save me, I would never die ‘
Despite undergoing chemotherapy shortly after she received her diagnosis, Lois then discovered that her cancer had spread, and it would be final.
About 7,500 women in the UK and 20,000 in the US are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Nearly one in five women will survive for five years after stage four diagnosis.
She said: ‘My liver was fused to my diaphragm, so it had to be cut. My bladder fused to the back of my uterus, so it had to be cut, and all my ovaries fused.
– Then I had the devastating news that it is also on my intestines, my stomach and my liver. Obviously, that’s never good – they’re my main organs I need.
‘It’s just a comfortable life for as long as I stay, and there we are for a moment.
Mrs Walker told the BBC that his abdomen had “tumors everywhere” and doctors described it as “like a sump of sand that was open and went everywhere”.
She said her diagnosis worried her about bonding with her newborn son.
Ms Walker said: ‘It was really, really hard. I didn’t want to be tied to him, but he’s my sunbeam.
– My children are my goal. I want to focus on creating memories. If love could save me, I would never die. ‘
Her partner Dale Wistow told the broadcaster: ‘This could have been picked up earlier than it was.
‘It’s just a little sick, especially with children. We don’t know what the future holds. ‘
Asked for a comment, a spokesman for Dove Valley Practice, where Mrs Walker lodged a formal complaint, said: “We are sorry to hear Mrs Walker’s concerns about her care and that she did not feel listened to.
“We did a review of Ms. Walker’s care and referrals for tests and we shared those results with her at the time.
‘We welcome anyone with concerns about the care they have received with us to get in touch so we can investigate.
‘Unfortunately, we can no longer comment on our duty of confidentiality.’
A Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson added: “Barnsley Hospital is sorry to hear that Mrs Walker is taking care of her.
“We welcome any patient with concerns about the care they have received to contact our Patient Counseling and Complaints Team, which investigates patient care to ensure that action is timely and in a timely manner.”