A MUM tragically died on Gift Day just four weeks after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Kat Norman, 33, began complaining of hip pain on November 22 and was referred to A&E by her GP on November 24.
The mother of three, from Southport, Merseyside, was diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung, as well as stage four metastatic breast cancer.
She underwent numerous examinations and indications at the hospital, but tragically passed away in the early hours of Gifting Day.
Her friends have since told of the “unimaginable” events that led to Kat’s death, describing the senior care assistant as “the best friend anyone could wish for. “.
A friend, Sean McDerby, wrote on a GoFundMe . Page arrangements for Kat’s family: “While most of us as parents are busy making Christmas as special as possible for our little ones, Kat has to prepare herself for the announcement. Tell her family about the shocking news she has just been told.
“Nothing can prepare anyone for this level of shock… This is completely unthinkable unless you’re the one dealing with such a thing.”
Kat is the mother of Max, 11, Emily, eight, and Charlotte, four.
Her best friend of 20 years, Gemma Lilley, says Echoes of Liverpool: “On November 22, she complained of pain in her side but she hadn’t moved in long so we said ‘maybe you just pulled something’.
“We told her ‘just give it a couple of days and see how you go’.
“It didn’t work out so she spoke to her GP on 24 November, who referred her to A&E as they suspected there might be a problem with her gallbladder or a blood clot in her lungs. she.”
Gemma said Kat went to A&E for a checkup before being sent home and called back for other appointments.
The senior care assistant at a care home had an ultrasound of her liver, as well as an MRI.
She also saw a nephrologist about the possibility of kidney stones or a problem with her gallbladder.
The nephrologist suspects she may have breast cancer, which may have spread to her liver.
And Kat was then called an emergency patient to Aintree Hospital who wanted to get her in for a CT scan.
Meanwhile, Gemma said she had “whole body pain” around December 12.
Kat talked to her GP again, who then referred her to A&E and she started having trouble breathing.
From there, they discovered she had a blood clot on her lung and “they can start treatment immediately and self-treat at home.”
Gemma said Kat was told to rest and go for a CT scan on December 17.
She said the pain was starting to ease, but her breathing became difficult.
The friend explained: “She went to Aintree on the 20th and they were concerned that she had stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and they would bring her back for tests but the treatment would start on new Year.
In the early hours of Gifting Day, they decided they would try putting her on a ventilator but her heart couldn’t take it and she passed away.
“I remember her saying she asked the doctor ‘Am I going to die’ and he said ‘no, this is not end of life’.”
Kat’s oxygen levels became so low, she was taken to A&E on December 20, after seeing a doctor.
Gemma said they were told the next 24 hours were critical but by Christmas Day they were told the blood clot was no longer a problem.
Instead, they were told that there had been damage caused by the clot to her lungs and heart.
Gemma said: ‘They weren’t sure if she had a stroke or if the cancer had spread to her brain.
“They couldn’t do a CT scan either because she wasn’t stable. Then they toyed with further treatment and whether or not she should be put on the CPAP machine.
“It was in the early hours of Gifting Day when they decided they were going to try putting her on a ventilator but her heart couldn’t take it and she passed away.”
Gemma describes Kat, mother of Max, 11, Emily, eight, and Charlotte, four, as “the best friend anyone could wish for”.
She said: “She was so funny.
“She’ll light up a room when she walks into it.”
Kat’s friends and family have now set up a GoFundMe page for people to help support her family with the financial burden after her death. To read more, click here .
Aintree University Hospital was approached for comment.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8176099/mum-dies-boxing-day-breast-cancer/ Mother, 33, died on Gift Day 4 weeks after being diagnosed with breast cancer when she complained of ‘pain in her side’