A mother was heartbroken after her daughter died aged 27, after doctors failed to detect her cervical cancer.
One doctor attributed the numerous symptoms of Porsche McGregor-Sims to hormones, after she took birth control.
In fact, the ambitious model had an “aggressive” form of cervical cancer that went undiagnosed for months.
She kept complaining of stomach pain and bleeding – two signs of illness kills 850 women every year.
The graduate, known to his family as “Pops”, died in April 2020, just one day after the cancer was discovered, due to never being treated.
One therapist admitted fault for not testing sooner and blamed her hormones instead.
Porsche’s mother, Fiona Hawke, 52, paid tribute to her daughter shortly after her death, saying losing her was like “setting the sun”.
She said: “Porsche has always had such a joyful and vibrant feeling about her – she shines so brightly and I don’t think we really appreciated that until we heard of her passing.
“She’s willing to see the good in everything and everyone, she’s such a lovely person and losing her is like getting a sunburn.
“It’s scary to think that someone with so much energy could disappear so suddenly.”
The inquest in Portsmouth, Hants, heard Porsche – who was engaged – experienced her first smear test in 2017.
Although the test did not detect any cancer cells, she was told that some had been found to be “abnormal”, the inquest heard. No further action is taken.
In December 2019, her GP referred her to a consultant.
National guidelines mean the appointment cannot be earlier than two weeks to see if symptoms subside.
In addition, because the Christmas period is taking place, it is not until the end of January that people see Porsche.
She was then examined by Dr Peter Schlesinger, a local obstetrician and gynecologist, at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
Dr. Schlesinger told the hearing he thought her symptoms were “hormonal” because she had stopped using the birth control shot six months earlier.
Fiona also suggested that doctors focus on her IBS as a reason for her symptoms.
During the first Covid lockdown in March 2020, Porsche had two phone consultations and was prescribed antibiotics after feeling “short of breath”.
When antibiotics didn’t work and her symptoms got worse, she was admitted to Westlands Medical Center in Portchester, near Portsmouth.
The one-on-one consultation only happened because her doctor thought she might have Covid.
Porsche was found with “severe” shortness of breath and taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.
She died a day later on April 14, 2020.
QUESTIONS ABOUT DEPENDENCE
Porsche’s case has led to questions surrounding her care from both the GP medical center and Dr Schlesinger.
Dr. Schlesinger apologized to her family for not curing her cancer in the weeks before her death.
He told the inquest: “Porsche had bleeding between periods and post-coital bleeding (bleeding after intercourse).
“She also told me she was using birth control until about six months ago. She had a normal smear test two years earlier and an ultrasound. [which showed] no abnormalities.
“I felt there was some potential cause for her pain. Given the fact that she had stopped her birth control, I suggested that she take the pill again to see if the pain would stop. “
“Given the normal smear results and her age, I don’t think a vaginal exam is necessary – there doesn’t seem to be any benefit.
“I am very sorry to hear that she has been diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer. This is a rare cancer and is unlikely to be detected by smear tests.
“When I first qualified [in 1987] we checked everyone [physically], but since scans and smears have become available, we do them less often. “
The family, including fiance Mark Chappel and Porsche’s twin brother Deucalion, asked why the medical examination had not taken place.
She was a young woman who was told that she might have cancer. She is alone and scared
“You didn’t do the most basic thing, the most basic thing is to come up with a ,” Ms. Hawke said [physical] test.
“She was a young woman who was told she might have cancer. She lived alone and was scared.
“You focus on her IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and another form of bleeding… and that just doesn’t make sense to me.
“An internal audit is the most basic check to do.”
Justifying her actions, Dr Schlesinger replied: “The rather peculiar nature of her bleeding makes me think that she has a small risk of cervical cancer.
“I appreciate the fact that I was wrong, but given the multitude of symptoms this young woman can have it makes me feel like the right approach is hormone manipulation.”
Dr Helen Pandya, representing Westlands Medical Centre, told the inquest: “The Covid pandemic really hasn’t helped in the later stages, but looking at it, we think we’ve done it all. what is possible – although we are willing to learn.”
Area Coroner Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp suggests that national guidelines stating that women with suspected disease needing to wait two weeks before being seen by a specialist (Dr. Schlesinger) may have contributed to her death that.
Porsche, has done modeling shoots and studied drama at Havant and South Downs College in Hampshire before going to the University of Plymouth to study Events Management.
She met fiancé Mark Chappel while in college, and the couple moved back to Portsmouth after finishing school.
She is also closely connected with the Titchfield Festival Theatre, Hants, and her twin brother Deucalion is still involved in the theatre.
“She always loved her movies,” says Fiona’s mother.
“The love of art tends to run in the family so she’s very passionate about it. But she loves organizing events and also loves to cook.
“The amount of people she has approached in her short life is the best reflection of who she is.
“We will all miss her.”
More than 200 people have donated nearly £4,000 to the Just Giving page to contribute to the flowers tied in Porsche’s coffin for her funeral.
She is buried at the Sustainability Center natural burial ground in Petersfield, Hants.
The investigation has been adjourned and its conclusions will be heard at a later date.
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