Two-Time Cancer Survivor and Mom Misdiagnosed With COVID-19 Twice Before She Passed Away From Cancer

“Beth wasn’t a victim of COVID, she was a victim of the circumstances caused by COVID,” her father told the BBC. Beth Pattison, a beloved mom, had overcome breast cancer two times in her life.

What she and her family didn’t know was that her cancer had come back a third time but it was misdiagnosed. In March, Pattison had visited her general practitioner in March, around when COVID-19 began shutting most of the world down.

Beth Pattison and her son, Finn Lynch, pictured by a river
Family Handout/BBC

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According to the BBC, Pattison visited her doctor because of a persistent cough. She was told her symptoms were likely the result of coronavirus. Two months later, in May, she had an appointment with her oncologist via the phone after her symptoms continued. Again, according to her father, she was told she was most likely still battling COVID-19.

The following month, in June, Pattison passed away, leaving behind her beloved 5-year-old son Finn. On June 8, Pattison was admitted into the hospital. After a test for pneumonia came back negative, Pattison’s father told the BBC that it took doctors another week before realizing that her cancer had returned and spread to her lungs and ovaries.

On June 27, Pattison passed away after. she went into cardiac arrest while medical professionals tried to place the mom into a medically induced coma. She was only 27 years old.

Beth Pattison with her son, Finn Lynch
Family Handout/BBC

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Now, as the BBC reports, the family want Pattison’s story to be told because her death could have been avoided. They believe the NHS should automatically rescan patients for cancer, who have already battled the disease, especially in the time of COVID-19.

“If there’s one thing Beth can leave as her legacy it’s that people who have had a previous diagnosis of cancer are checked for it first before other causes are looked at,” her father told the BBC.

“Let’s make sure the horrible disease hasn’t come back. Get tested now. That’s all we’re asking. We’re not looking to blame any health professional because the care and support she received over four years was second to none and we think what the NHS has done, especially since March when the pandemic came along, has been superb.”

The hospital that was responsible for Pattison’s care has since issued its condolences to the Pattison family.

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