WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES: Gravesend gran left with hole in face after medics failed to notice tumour size of turnip

This Is Local London: Golda Humphrey (middle) with her daughter Golda Care and on the left and her granddaughter Shannon Hemsley. Golda Humphrey (middle) with her daughter Golda Care and on the left and her granddaughter Shannon Hemsley.

A grandmother from Gravesend been left horribly disfigured after medics failed to notice a tumour the size of turnip growing on her nose.

Golda Humphrey, 79, of Windmill Street, was even nicknamed Pinocchio and has been left with a hole in the centre of her face after a series of life-saving operations to remove a huge cancerous growth from the end of her nose.

This Is Local London: The tumour was the size of a turnip.

The family are suing Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust for negligence claiming it had ample opportunity to spot the tumour.

The deformity began when she was in hospital and over nearly five months a scab repeatedly formed on the tip of her nose before dropping off.

Doctors initially dismissed the growth as a freak reaction to the medication she was given after badly breaking her leg.

Each time it came back the sore got bigger and nurses nicknamed her after the fairytale character whose nose keeps growing.

This Is Local London: Golda has been left with a hole in her nose since the growth was removed.

Golda said: "The tumour was so big it had spread to my lip and I had to have two operations to remove it.

"By the end it was the size of a turnip.

"Now I've been left with a gaping hole in the middle of my face - I look like I've been shot."

Golda's ordeal began in July 2011 when she fell in her garden and broke her femur and shattered her kneecap.

She was hospitalised for 15 weeks after her leg failed to heal and she underwent surgery to fix her damaged knee.

Midway through her stay she began developing a scab on the tip of her nose.

Widow Golda added: "It would appear on a Monday, scab up through the week and then fall off on its own by the Friday.

It was only when Golda saw a locum in December while staying with her daughter - around five months after the curious growth began - that she was told it could be more serious.

She was sent for a biopsy and was told she had a malignant melanoma in her nose and on her lip.

Surgeons at an Essex hospital removed almost all of her nose in two operations, as well as a portion of her upper lip, and a slice of skin from her neck for skin grafts which did not take.

She has been fitted with a prosthetic nose but it is too uncomfortable to wear.

The NHS trust confirmed the civil appeal lodged by Mrs Humphrey, but are unwilling to comment at this time.

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7:31pm Mon 24 Mar 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

Obviously we don't know the full situation here but if the medics in question aren't held to account how can the trusts involved be made to change?

My ex wife showed a gp a breast lump 12 years ago and was told not to worry, we were due in to see the nurse and she sent her straight in to another doctor who referred her and the diagnosis was cancer, not to mention that when my grandmother was ill my mother had to have a hands on approach else her care would have likely done her more harm than good.

I had a private op some years ago that needed to be redone, that was fastracked by the surgeon using nhs resources when it was his issue.

There is just so much wrong that suing won't solve and it seems internal discipline can't either, nationalised services are full of waste and incompetence but private ones are full of greed and incompetence.

It's the politicians that should be being sued, they are effectively running a very large hospital chain with quite an income from tax, private care in their hospitals, not to mention the ₤40 a week they get from me and millions of others in tobacco tax that is supposed to be going to the nhs as well, and I haven't seen the inside of a hospital for 5 years and have never stayed overnight.

Incompetents and quite scary too considering I'll be in need of their help one day.
Obviously we don't know the full situation here but if the medics in question aren't held to account how can the trusts involved be made to change? My ex wife showed a gp a breast lump 12 years ago and was told not to worry, we were due in to see the nurse and she sent her straight in to another doctor who referred her and the diagnosis was cancer, not to mention that when my grandmother was ill my mother had to have a hands on approach else her care would have likely done her more harm than good. I had a private op some years ago that needed to be redone, that was fastracked by the surgeon using nhs resources when it was his issue. There is just so much wrong that suing won't solve and it seems internal discipline can't either, nationalised services are full of waste and incompetence but private ones are full of greed and incompetence. It's the politicians that should be being sued, they are effectively running a very large hospital chain with quite an income from tax, private care in their hospitals, not to mention the ₤40 a week they get from me and millions of others in tobacco tax that is supposed to be going to the nhs as well, and I haven't seen the inside of a hospital for 5 years and have never stayed overnight. Incompetents and quite scary too considering I'll be in need of their help one day. oBLiVioN 70
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3:41pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Eagles_Man says...

Ah, the NHS. It's the envy of the world, you know.

(Don't criticise it or everyone will assume you want poor people to die in the gutter "like in America".)
Ah, the NHS. It's the envy of the world, you know. (Don't criticise it or everyone will assume you want poor people to die in the gutter "like in America".) Eagles_Man
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