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Valerie Bagwell

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Age: 63

Citizenship: United Kingdom

21 hours of agony, without the right to die with dignity

Seven years ago, the UK Department of Health has published its strategy, which addresses issues related to the `decent patsientov` death. It was carried on the good care, the respect, the elimination of pain, and that the patient in the last minute certainly surrounded by relatives.

Valerie was 20 December 2014. In the two months before she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. When before Christmas the woman taken to the emergency room, she and her family had no idea that her life is nearing the end.

Infirm Beguell took an x-ray in the office, but it left one right in the booth. Before relatives drew a young doctor, who said: `I spoke with the surgeon. We do nothing can pomoch`.

It turned out the tumor provoked a small intestinal perforation. In other words, the body is soaked in Valega bacteria. It began blood poisoning ... Because of bedlam in the office devastating news about the state of Beguell sounded at times worse.

Valega daughter, 27-year-old Charity, says: `It was full of drunk, with minor injuries. People screamed and cried and mumbled something. Nurses offices, which, in fact, should have been loaded with work, chatting between soboy`.

Valerie`s husband, 60-year-old retired civil servant Monti, considered that the young doctor said could not be true. Monty says: `The doctor said it in such a manner indifferent, as if talking about pogode`.

Meanwhile, Beguell continued to writhe in unbearable pain. `I`ve never seen anyone in such agony, - says Charity. - At some point, my mother began to breathe so hard, like a dog. She was in despair, but still I tried ulybnutsya`.

`Remembering this - just unbearable - explained sobbing Charity, Food managed to restrain himself. - I do not know what to do. I can not even describe how my mother was strashno`.

`She was cold to the touch, but it was burning inside. When I asked to give me a paper towel to cool her skin, the nurse told me that she will not do it, because it will increase the risk of colds. But what does it matter when a person dies? `.

Mother asked Valerie to alleviate the suffering, but the call button, none of the doctors did not react. All that was suggested - paracetamol. Charity ran all night in the hospital in search of a doctor, so he gave a strong painkiller, but refused all efforts in vain.

`I felt so helpless, - says Charity. - I was furious, because these people are just waiting, when my mother died. How they could do with it as? `.

At some point, Charity asked the nurse for a fan to alleviate the suffering of the mother blows cool. `My mother died - she said. - Can I take it `?. Daughter Valerie claims that the nurse did not even try to hide his irritation in his voice, he said: `I`ll look for you other ventilyator`. But the provider of this and did not.

A few hours later, Charity, desperate and terrified, begged a passing doctor to explain what`s going on with Valerie, and how to help her. The doctor promised that everything will explain, but never returned.

The next day, at eight in the morning, when been nine hours after taking paracetamol, announced the doctor. He prescribed injections of morphine. But no one said not a word about how to take care of Valerie and what actions could be taken by her family.

The poor woman finally transferred to a private room, at 9:20 am. `Breath mom changed, - says her daughter. - She could not speak. But a terrible expression on her face was evident that she was still in terrible agony. Her mouth was wide open. All this was like a picture of `Krik` Edvard Munch - a vision of pain and uzhasa`.

Valerie died shortly after being knocked 15:00. Charity says: `Even after the mother gave up the ghost, her face still expressed the silent scream. I can not get rid of that picture in my golove`.

`Perhaps no chance to save her was gone. But no one did it occur to her last hours she spent peacefully, without pain, so she could `uyti` with dignity. The dying woman spent her last hours in the side little room emergency department, prakticheskidazhe without a minimum of care. Her last hours on earth will haunt me forever ... `

Authority to deal with complaints in the UK have received about 300 applications from individuals who are dissatisfied with the way the medical staff treated their dying relatives. Julie Mellor, appointed by the government for the analysis of complaints against state institutions, said that `read (grievances) muchitelnym` dawned, and urged public health civil service draw the necessary lessons.

Mellor said: `Our study has revealed that too many people die without dignity. Patients were found to have spent her last days with `nenuzhnoy` pain. By a misunderstanding, the people were denied their wish to die at home. Inadequate communication between staff and their families led to the fact that patients are deprived of the possibility to say goodbye to their loved ones and blizkimi`.

According to statistics, less than five percent of people in the UK want to die in the hospital. But the reality is that while about half of the deaths happening there. Charity Coalition `The End Of Life Campaign` believes that people are afraid to meet his death in the hospital due to lack of service support around the clock, poor coordination between the various authorities and the inability to provide a fast, free social care.

Another important factor is considered to be the unwillingness of physicians and patients to openly discuss death and dying process itself.