A man was left to suffer in agony and was hours from death after doctors diagnosed a rotting bowel as stomach ache.
Stuart Pashley, 47, was sent away with pain killers twice by doctors when he went to Clay Cross Medical Centre with severe abdominal pain.
But six days after his symptoms started, a third doctor sent him to hospital where he was diagnosed with a life-threatening bowel condition and had surgery to remove part of his colon.
He also had to have a colostomy bag fitted.
“I was in a coma for two days” said dad-of-six Stuart. “But when I came round the consultant surgeon told me that if I hadn’t come in it would have been less than 48 hours and I would be dead.
“It didn’t really sink in until later when I thought, I am 47 which is no age. I have a wife and young children and that could have all been gone.”
Stuart was suffering from severe diverticulitis, which causes pockets to form in the colon that collect waste and can eventually burst.
“I knew from the moment the pain started it was more than a stomach ache” he added. “Since the operation I have been on forums and I have seen people say the pain is worse than childbirth.
“I was bent over, crying with the pain.”
He has written to the surgery who have issued an apology for the misdiagnosis. Now Stuart wants to urge people to trust their instincts when it comes to their health.
He said: “Listen to your GP, do what they say. But you know your own body so if you think you need it, get another opinion.”
Noone at the surgery was available to comment.