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Doctor told woman to have a ‘spa weekend’, she died weeks later

A tragic tale that serves as a warning.
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Charlotte Foster went to her local GP in Newport, UK, on January 4 after suffering from back pain and shortness of breath.

Her GP, Dr Sunil Idicula Simon, told her the pain was “muscular in origin” and advised she “get a massage” or take a spa day.

Just three weeks later, the 23-year-old had a cardiac arrest due to side effects from taking the pill. She passed away three days later after suffering from brain damage.

Dr Sunil will face a misconduct hearing on June 2 after an inquest uncovered had he looked further into her medical history, she would be alive today.

Charlotte was on the pill Dianette, which carries double the risk of blood clots.

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According to The Sun, the doctor has been “accused of failing to obtain adequate patient history, failing to consider the possibility of a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, failing to make arrangements for a follow-up consultation if symptoms persisted, and neglecting to examine Charlotte’s legs, pulse of respiratory system”.

Charlotte’s family remain devastated over her death.

“We are devastated at the sudden and unexpected loss of a very much loved daughter, sister and granddaughter,” her parents, Stephen and Cecilia, said in a joint statement.

“Charlotte was a lively, intelligent, beautiful, and caring young lady who will be deeply missed by her family, friends and work colleagues.”

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