Cathy and Victoria's stories of how they were treated by their doctors.
Victoria's story - told by her Mum, Jean
Victoria was rushed into A&E after a series of seizures. She wasn't responding to medication and needed to be put on a ventilator. The doctor came up and spoke to us. It took me a moment to realize that he was questioning whether we should go ahead with treating Victoria. He was suggesting that it wasn't worth trying to save her. He didn't know our lovely 33 year old daughter and all the quality of her young life. I sometimes wonder what might have happened if I hadn't told him how good her life was when she was well, about her social life and the people who love her.
Watch a video about Victoria and how Health Passports and Health Action Plans have improved her healthcare.
Cathy went along for a hearing test because she had been experiencing a little discomfort. It should have been a routine procedure, but the audiologist didn't know that people with Down's syndrome have short, straight ear canals. He pushed the osteoscope too far in her ear and perforated her eardrum. The perforation was irreparable and she's been wearing a hearing aid ever since.
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