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British man sent home from hospital with paracetamol after breaking neck in Phuket

 

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A British man has claimed he was sent home from hospital with only painkillers, despite suffering from a broken neck.

 

Anton Frolov fractured his neck after hitting his head on the seabed while swimming during a holiday in Phuket in 2015.

 

The incident resulted in Mr Frolov being knocked unconscious with onlookers having to pull him from the water.  

 

Mr Frolov, then had an x-ray at a local hospital in Phuket was given the all clear while in Thailand but decided to visit his local hospital when he returned home to Kent, England.

 

He was then transferred to Tunbridge Wells Hospital who sent him home with painkillers without carrying out further tests. It wasn’t until three months later the extent of his injuries were discovered.

 

Mr Frolov was told by a physiotherapist to go to the gym to strengthen the muscles in his back. However, that was only causing more damage.

 

“I had been going to the gym to try and strengthen the muscles in my neck but I was actually risking my life”, Mr Frolov told the Daily Mail.

 

“I was in daily pain and the only pain relief I had was paracetamol and co-codamol.”

 

The severity of his injury was only discovered when Mr Frolov had an X-ray at a private hospital.

 

“Three months after banging my head on the seabed I was still having pain so I decided to pay privately to get my spine checked.

 

“Once I’d had an X-ray the osteopath called me and said I had to go to hospital immediately as I had an unstable fracture in my neck”, he explained.

 

“It’s a bit crazy to be called and told your neck is broken, especially as I had been walking around with it for so long.”

 

Mr Frolov is now suing Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust for not carrying out an X-ray and has hired a legal firm who specializes in negligence to take up his case.

 

“When health professionals tell you everything is ok, you take their word for it. They’re the experts and you trust them.

 

“After finally having surgery I was told I’d been extremely fortunate and that it was something of a miracle to be walking around, as because of the fracture and the position of the broken bone, I could have been paralysed at any moment, he added.

 

“If I had gone a few more days without it being discovered, I don’t like to think what could have happened because I was told it was getting more dangerous day after day.”

 

Solicitor Sue Jackson said: “This is a shocking case where a failure as simple as not taking an x-ray could have had life-long consequences, and perhaps even fatal.

 

“Given our client's injury history... and the fact there was no copy of the x-ray taken in Thailand, we argue that Tunbridge Wells Hospital should have conducted full and thorough checks, including its own x-rays.

 

“Even though Mr Frolov was fortunate not to suffer serious, life-changing injuries as a result of this error, he has still suffered hugely and it has had a big impact on his quality of life.

 

“Following surgery in which he had two bolts inserted to strengthen his neck, he has been left with restricted movement and the prospect of suffering pain for the rest of his life.”

 
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4 minutes ago, ezzra said:

The irony is that, even that paracetamol is locally made and sourly lacking the qualities

of an US UK Aust equivalent product,

Are you saying that there was a problem with the Paracetamol that Tunbridge Wells hospital prescribed?

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Yeah, Happened to me after I got a stroke in Bang Sapan. They gave my wife paracetamol and that was it. Moved over to Prachuap kiri Khan and they did the same !!!!!

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17 minutes ago, webfact said:

Tunbridge Wells Hospital who sent him home with painkillers

 

17 minutes ago, webfact said:

I was in daily pain and the only pain relief I had was paracetamol and co-codamol.

 

7 minutes ago, ezzra said:

The irony is that, even that paracetamol is locally made and sourly lacking the qualities

of an US UK Aust equivalent product,

Please reread the original because the medication was not from Thailand, which is what you appear to refer to in your comment.  The prescribed drugs came from a hospital in England.

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Why are they only concentrating on the negligence of the UK hospital and forgetting the negligence of the original hospital in Phuket ?

Is it because he knows it would be a complete waste of time taking legal action against a Thai hospital ? 

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2 minutes ago, johncat1 said:

Why are they only concentrating on the negligence of the UK hospital and forgetting the negligence of the original hospital in Phuket ?

Is it because he knows it would be a complete waste of time taking legal action against a Thai hospital ? 

Yes, that is right. Because of a complete lack of accountability it is effectively impossible to have a Thai court rule against a Thai hospital or Thai doctor unless the plaintiff is more senior in the Thai social structure. It does happen very occasionally where the lack of care was egregious and the patient is very determined but it takes years.

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10 minutes ago, johncat1 said:

Why are they only concentrating on the negligence of the UK hospital and forgetting the negligence of the original hospital in Phuket ?

Is it because he knows it would be a complete waste of time taking legal action against a Thai hospital ? 

yes

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17 minutes ago, Jeremy50 said:

Don't dive into shallow water. Amazing how people expect everyone to pick up the tab for their stupidity nowadays. 

where does it say he expected anything? A hospital is obliged to take care after an accident

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Although mostly I found the NHS to be ok, there were several times they were awful.

 

My lovely Mum collapsed about 2 years ago. Ambulance called, she was unable to move her right side.

 

She was in A&E for four hours before she had a proper examination, they then apologised for 'missing she'd had a stroke'.

 

Perhaps, if she'd been given 'clot busters' earlier, it might have lessened the stroke. She was however 89.

 

Mum died 3 months later.

 

 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, johncat1 said:

Why are they only concentrating on the negligence of the UK hospital and forgetting the negligence of the original hospital in Phuket ?

Is it because he knows it would be a complete waste of time taking legal action against a Thai hospital ? 

Negligence? A lot depends on the definition of a 'broken' neck. A hairline fracture can be difficult to detect, especially straight after an injury, where swelling has occurred. If this had been a serious break he would have been paralysed and not continued on for  3 months. I also notice that the original incident happened in 2015 so not exactly life-threatening but the timeline post injury is a bit lacking in the report.

 

Far easier to bash a hospital than actually be aware of the circumstances though. The source of this article is The Daily Mail- any Brit will be able to tell you that they love articles which get people frothing about 'Jonny Foreigner'.

 

To me this speaks volumes. Mr Frolov is now suing Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust for not carrying out an X-ray and has hired a legal firm who specializes in negligence to take up his case. 

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31 minutes ago, Briggsy said:

Yes, that is right. Because of a complete lack of accountability it is effectively impossible to have a Thai court rule against a Thai hospital or Thai doctor unless the plaintiff is more senior in the Thai social structure. It does happen very occasionally where the lack of care was egregious and the patient is very determined but it takes years.

I am on treatment and every (new) action taken is standard signing a declaration of refraining from  suing the hospital before any action can go forward in the Thai North East Hospitals.....all risks are mine including the bills.

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