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Doctors accused my wife of faking illness - hours later she had died from a stroke
- Mother-of-two was suffering violent headaches and vomiting
- On her third visit to hospital she was told to 'stop shouting and making a fuss' in A&E
- Family told Mrs Maddox's discharge notes had gone missing
- Widower bringing private legal action against hospital
By CLAIRE BATES
PUBLISHED: 14:28, 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:32, 18 June 2012
- A grieving widower is suing a hospital after his wife collapsed and died from a massive stroke - just hours after she was sent home accused of pretending to be ill.
Philip Maddox, 58, was told by doctors his wife Maggie, 53, needed psychiatric help because they could find nothing wrong with her despite her complaining she was in agony with severe headaches and vomiting.
An inquest heard she first went to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent, on June 14, 2010, but was sent home, having been told there was nothing wrong with her.
Phillip Maddox holds a picture of his wife, who died in June 2010. She went back to the hospital three times before they then diagnosed a massive stroke
Then her husband took her back there 10 days later, on June 24, when she suffered similar symptoms including dizziness.
Maggie was discharged again - against her wishes - but that night at home she continued to complain she felt unwell and was driven back to the hospital by her son because Philip had to go to work. She collapsed in the hospital car park.
Staff got her into a wheelchair and took her into the Accident and Emergency department, but a nurse told her to 'stop shouting and making a fuss'.
- Still, doctors did not seem to take Maggie's complaints seriously and left her in the waiting area.
Finally, she was admitted and a consultant diagnosed she had suffered a massive stroke.
Maggie, who worked in the Asda transport department, died three days later.
Her death has devastated her husband and their daughter Leah, 28, and 26-year-old son Blake.
To make matters worse, the family were subsequently told some of her medical records had not been properly kept and her discharge notes from June 24 had gone missing.