When we feel sick and we just can’t seem to get a grip on it, we may make an appointment to see a doctor.
When we are at the doctor’s office, we talk about our symptoms and get a diagnosis. They may then offer suggestions on what we can do for recovery, including the possibility of giving us prescription medication.
In the end, doctors are human and they have the capability of making mistakes. Unfortunately, some of those mistakes can be deadly.
Aaron Winstanley, a 30-year-old man was diagnosed in August 2016 with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma – a soft tissue tumor that develops from connective tissues in the body, such as muscles, fat, bones, the linings of joints, or blood vessels.
Aaron had suspected he was dealing with cancer after he developed congestion and other sinus problems but his doctors diagnosed him with hayfever.
Hayfever is a common allergic reaction that includes symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, itchy and watery eyes, and sneezing.
To treat his condition they gave him antibiotics, antihistamines, and steroids. Within a few months, he became blind in one eye and doctors discovered he had terminal cancer.
Tests showed that the cancer spread from his cheek throughout the rest of his body and immunotherapy was given to treat the disease.
Unfortunately, that treatment was not available on the National Health Service in the UK. Aaron and his wife, Saraya Gallagher were able to raise the $390,000 using a GoFundMe page so he could travel to Germany and receive the treatment.
He started the treatments over the summer but his wife announced that he passed away Friday on his Facebook page.
“It’s with a broken heart that I have to say that Aaron passed away in the early hours of Friday morning.
He was at home where he wanted to be and drifted off peacefully in his sleep. He had spoken about it and was ready to go, it seemed as though he chose the exact moment for himself.
I know we were lucky in some ways that we knew the chance of death was there and we got the chance to speak about lots of things before it came.
But on the other hand the closeness and just absolutely pure love we developed over the last 2 years after everything we’ve been through together is one I can’t even begin to describe and the loss feels unbearable for me right now as I know it will to so many of you that loved him so much.
I never knew you could be so close to one person and love them so intensely and selflessly as he did to me and I to him. He has changed the lives of so many of us in such a positive way and will continue to do so I’m sure.”
His wife also said that a charity will be set up in his name.
“Aaron gave me strict instructions on lots of things and one of those things was that he wants Aaron’s Battle to become a charity to help other people, so if you’d like to help us carry on pushing for that target and building Aaron’s legacy then I’d be honoured,” she wrote.
“Keep your banners up with pride and carry on with your fundraising events if you feel able to. Most of the money we raised was spent on his treatment but I’ll figure out how much is left over the next few days or so and in time we will use that to start the charity that will be Aaron’s legacy.”
“He has changed the whole of Barton for the better and I hope he can continue to change the world through his charity.”