| | Pneumonia? Dad Died in 36 hours after Diagnosis
My 73 year old father, who had never suffered any illness before and was fit and well, died after being admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of Pneumonia.
He was living with me for a couple of weeks, while he was waiting for his new house to complete. He complained of feeling 'fluey' so had some Beechams Powder. He then developed a cough and he seemed short of breath, over the next couple of days. Then he said he really didn't feel well and that I should call an ambulance, which I did. The paramedic said that his oxygen level was a bit low and gave him oxygen. He was taken to hospital and went into Resus and the doctor diagnosed Pneumonia and said he would have to stay in for a few days and have intravenous antibiotics. I went home and later that night he was moved onto a ward. At no point was I concerned with his welfare.
The next day me and my brother went up for visiting hours and as soon as we saw my Dad he told us he was being moved to another hospital, which was normal procedure for respiratory disorders. He said that a doctor had said that he could have something more 'interesting', which worried him. I asked to see the doctor and we were told that my Dad could have a condition called 'vasculitis', but it was nothing to worry about. My Dad was fine at this time, was eating and drinking and chatting with us, but still on oxygen and his breathing was very quick. When we left he was still waiting to be transferred to the other hospital, but they had 'no beds'. I phoned that evening at 10pm and was told that there were still no beds and he would be staying with them til the next day.
The next morning I got a phone call at 7.45am to say that Dad was going to intensive care as his oxygen levels weren't very good, the staff nurse said they were going to move him in the night, but again 'there were no beds'!!? I was told to give it a couple of hours before visiting, which I did. Me and my fiancee got to the hospital around 1015am and were asked to wait while they got him comfortable. We were allowed to see him at 11am. I was so shocked to see him, his breathing was awful, he had a full face mask on and it was forcing him to breath oxygen. His respiratory rate was between 28-38 and he looked like he was struggling, the difference from the previous day was so dramatic. I was not happy and asked to see the doctor, the doctor asked me what I knew about Dad's illness, which I thought was weird. I mentioned that the doctor the day before had mentioned 'vasculitis' and he was unaware of this and it was not in Dad's notes. I said to the doctor I was concerned about his breathing and asked if they could sedate him, the doctor said they had to see if Dad would breath on his own first. We were with Dad and just before 1pm a lady doctor came over and said that they would have to ventilate him as his breathing wasn't getting any better, with that Dad had a myocardial infarction (massive heart attack). I was in bits and had to be dragged away from his bedside by my fiancee, while they tried to resuscitate him. They did, but he was on maximum medication and was very unstable, he never regained consciousness and the withdrew his medication and he died shortly after.
I don't understand how this could of happened so quickly?? I'm upset that he was left on the Ward, struggling to breath because 'there were no beds' in intensive care?? Surely you don't wait for beds in intensive care, you need to be there?? Surely being left, struggling to breath, puts pressure on the heart and other organs?? I think that my Dad also developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which is a serious complication to Pneumonia, I don't think he was tested for this.
Had anyone else been through or had someone go through this? I just need answers and I will be writing to the hospital with my concerns. If anyone has some advice for me, it would greatly be appreciated.