Misdiagnosed Chest Infection Nearly Kills Young Woman

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Richard Honaker M.D.
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A young woman from the UK was coughing up blood and hospitalized due to misdiagnosed chest infection by doctors. The deadly blood clots in her lungs nearly killed her.

Did you know 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed each year? Note to everyone, “Always get a second opinion!”


Lucy Powell, 21, a young woman from the UK was taking birth control to keep from getting pregnant. This is certainly common with millions of women doing the same. But those birth control pills caused a rare side effect in Lucy.

Doctors were confused when the young woman began coughing up blood and couldn’t breathe. This led to a misdiagnosed chest infection.

Young Woman from UK Began Symptoms Shortly after Taking Birth Control

Lucy was prescribed, Yasmin, a popular birth control by her doctor, and shortly after began feeling drained and tired. This was not usual for the young woman.

Misdiagnosed Chest Infection Nearly Kills Young Woman

“I began to feel really under the weather and developed a cough but I didn’t want to go to GP because I was worried about wasting their time,” Lucy told media outlets.

But after she began coughing up blood, she went to a walk-in clinic for help. The doctors their misdiagnosed her with a chest infection.

Young Woman Told to Drink Water After Misdiagnosed Chest Infection

The doctors at the clinic misdiagnosed the young woman with a chest infection and simply told her to get rest and drink plenty of water.

She even called the emergency services hotline afterward, and was told to just rest without passing her call to a doctor.

It appeared that the health system began to fail Lucy, and it almost cost the young woman her life. All because doctors misdiagnosed her with a chest infection, failing to take her symptoms serious.

Misdiagnosed Chest Infection Nearly Kills Young Woman

Don’t Let Lucy’s Story Become Yours, Talk to a Doctor for a Second Opinion

Lucy lost a lot of valuable time since all her symptoms were disregarded as the initial misdiagnosed chest infection. But the young woman didn’t give up, despite almost dying.

Only after they checked her oxygen levels did doctors realize the danger Lucy was in. She had a CT scan that turned out to be the image that saves her life, since she had two large blood clots in her lungs.

“My advice would be making a really informed decision and make sure there is no history of blood clots in your family, it’s very easy to get prescribed and not worry about the consequences,” Lucy suggests after her near miss with death.

Misdiagnosed Chest Infection in Young Woman a Learning Lesson

From a misdiagnosed chest infection, to poor practices by rushed emergency room physician, medical misdiagnosis is a serious issue. In fact, it was considered the third leading cause of death, according to a study in the BMJ.

If you have symptoms doctors can’t seem to figure out, or if you want to ensure your diagnosis is the correct one, talk to a doctor online today. Physician specialists can review your case and answer medical questions without being rushed.

Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp

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