Family Lodges Claim for Misdiagnosis of Cervical Cancer

A claim has been lodged by the  widower of a woman who died of cervical cancer shortly after giving birth to the couple’s second child.

The woman, Louisa Foster of Granborough in Buckinghamshire, went for a routine smear test at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2008. She was told that her test results were normal, and in 2010 underwent IVF to conceive her second child.

Ms Foster gave birth to a son on the 1st December 2010, though shortly after this Ms Foster experienced pain and discomfort in her abdomen. Yet when she returned to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, they told her that the pain was likely due to the Caesarean Section or a possible infection.

Ms Foster saw a series of junior doctors, who would prescribe her antibiotics or tell her to take paracetamol. In April 2011, Ms Foster eventually saw a specialist, who diagnosed her with an advanced tumor in her cervix.

The diagnosis was followed with two years of treatment at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. The treatment included harsh, intensive chemotherapy and a hysterectomy, but the cancer was too advanced and Ms Foster tragically died aged thirty-five in June 2013.


Ms Foster’s surviving husband, Graeme, sought legal counsel for the misdiagnosis and made a compensation claim. He stated that the doctors attending Ms Foster all but ignored her rapid weight lost, or attributed it to the fact that she was breast feeding her son. He also stated that their first child was born by Caesarean Section, and as such they knew that the pain his wife was experiencing was not ordinary. By making a compensation claim against the Buckingham Healthcare NHS Trust, he hopes that such a misdiagnosis will not happen in the future. He stated that: “It has been a long, long haul and taken a lot out of us all, but now on behalf of our children and other women who may be going through the same situation I’m hoping to get to the bottom of what happened.”

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