My name is Fiona and the man in the photo is my wonderful dad Nicholas. He was a perfectly healthy, independent 79 year old man who underwent an elective total knee replacement which went well. He became poorly 6.5 weeks later with an infection in his knee. What followed was a catalogue of errors which cost him his life, and me to lose the best man ever.
On admission to A&E he was moved to a ward after 6 hours, no antibiotics given even though infection was diagnosed, first delay. He was taken to theatre for an aspiration of the knee and antibiotics commenced after a further delay of 3 hours. The following morning (Sunday) a call was made to the ward from microbiology to change his antibiotics, this was not done!!!! Mid afternoon my dad was taken to theatre again, this time for a washout of the knee, ALL staff were unaware that he did not have enough antibiotics in his system for knife to skin. Sepsis at this point was present, but what happened next was a disaster and a huge medical error!! The anaesthetist did not review him following surgery, which is normal practice, and he was sent back to the ward by mistake when he should have gone to high dependency. When I visited him that evening along with my daughter we put him looking so unwell to what he had been through. If only we had known!A call was made the next morning(Monday) to say my dad had taken a turn for the worst, I rushed to the hospital shortly followed by my daughter and her husband.
My dad was taken to high dependency 22 hours later than he should have first gone. To late! We were told he was very poorly and to prepare ourselves for the worst. The worst happened and my lovely dad who had been perfectly healthy passed away 72 hours after admission to hospital. I was there along with my husband, to whom my dad had been a fantastic father in law, and my dads 3 much loved granddaughters Fiona, Stephanie and Hannah, we were and still are heartbroken, he was our world and us his. We knew straight away things had gone wrong and immediately lodged our concerns, never did we imagine just how wrong medical staff had got my dads care. Sepsis was cause of death. I had never even heard of it, I know everything about it now though, and I tell everyone and anyone who will listen. It took 15 month to have my dads inquest over a two day period as so many medical staff had to give statements, each one of them having made a mistake. We did our homework and questioned all staff much to their surprise at how much we knew. Myself, my daughter Stephanie and my friend Kirsty did my dad proud, we were so determined. T
he outcome was that my dads care was sub optimal and had he been given antibiotics on time he would have still been with us. Words that never leave me. Total hospital failure which cost my wonderful dad his life. We miss him everyday along with his great grandchildren Kieron and Evie ( the apples of his eye) and twins which my dad himself was a twin, Nicholas ( my dads namesake) and poppy. He also became a great grandad to Hayden who was born on the 17th may this year. Sepsis was totally preventable and had he been treat in a timely way he would have still been here. We had a saying which is, we love you all the sky and all the pebbles on the beach, we still tell him every day, and I know he will be listening and saying it back to us from heaven.