A young mum who says she was sent home with painkillers by her GP instead of being diagnosed with cancer has died before she could have her final Christmas with her family.
Mum-of-five Ashley Meehan, 30, lost her battle with cancer just two days before Christma, surrounded by her family and friends.
Her grieving partner Peter Potts announced the passing of his "soul mate" on Facebook .
Ashley, a former nursery teacher from Clydebank, Scotland, had been declared cancer-free in December 2018.
But she claimed medics failed to spot that her cervical cancer had returned earlier this year, reports the Daily Record.
After feeling pain, Ashley sought help in April this year but told the Record she was sent home with painkillers, including morphine by her GP.
She was unable to walk with excruciating pain in her legs and bladder and says she twice went to the accident and emergency unit at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where, despite her history of cancer, she wasn’t given any scans.
It was then revealed at a scan in May at the Beatson Cancer Charity Centre in Glasgow that the cancer had returned.
In an emotional tribute to his partner Peter Potts took to Facebook to announce Ashley's passing.
He had proposed to Ashley in an emotional moment caught on camera at her hospital bed in June last year.
Peter Potts posted: "Not sure what to say but try my best…19 months of fighting ups and downs and even beating this horrible disease last Christmas – Ashley’s final wish/dream was to have 1 last Christmas morning with her babies and we were going to have Christmas 1 day early.
"Unfortunately Ashley’s fight is over and passed away peacefully in her home last night surrounded by family and friends everyone she loved – there’s no words that can describe how wonderful a person she was and everyone who knew her would say the same.
Approximately 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK.
Regular cervical screening (also known as smear tests) are important to detect pre-cancerous cell changes in the cervix, which if detected early and removed can prevent cervical cancer from developing.
All women aged 25 and above registered with a GP in the UK are invited for cervical screening – a test which analysis the health of cells in the cervix.
If abnormal cells are detected they can be treated and removed before they have time to develop into cancer.
Women aged 25 to 49 are invited for a cervical smear through the NHS every three years, women aged 40 – 64 are invited for a test every five years. Those aged 65 and above are only invited for testing if they have not been screened since they were 50 or if they recently had abnormal tests.
Although early-stage cervical cancer can be symptomless, common symptoms of the illness include:
· Vaginal bleeding between periods
· Vaginal bleeding after sex
· Vaginal bleeding after the menopause (after you have stopped having periods).
Other symptoms include:
· A smelly vaginal discharge
· Discomfort during sex
· Pain in the pelvic area
Women are advised to attend regular screening and to notify your GP if you develop any of these symptoms between smear tests.
Sources: NHS and Macmillan Cancer Support
"She was my soul mate my everything – love at first sight and she was the person I was meant to be with the rest of my life – life is so cruel so unfair and she never gave up and was so so brave and fought to the end for her babies – I would like to thank everyone who has supported us through this and I honestly can’t think of anything else to say.
"I promised to look after her forever and I felt helpless I couldn’t do anything to help her. I hope everyone has a merry Christmas don’t take life for granted live and live every moment you have Thank you."
A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "We are very sorry to hear that Ashley has passed away. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family at this difficult time."
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