Sally Hurst, from Barwick in Elmet, near Leeds has
launched a lawsuit against her doctors for failing to diagnose bone cancer in
its initial stages. This late diagnosis cost her a leg that had to be amputated.
"I was in great pain for several months without
knowing what was wrong, and this caused me severe distress," Ms Hurts
said. "Ultimately, if I had been referred to a specialist earlier, I might
not have lost my leg."
She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in April 2005 after
tests, X-rays and a biopsy. Earlier in 2004 when she was preparing for her
wedding she experienced knee pain and her GP said it was caused by ligament
damage. He never referred her to a specialist.
The cancer did not
respond to chemotherapy and her leg had to be amputated. Hurst is currently a
trustee of the Bone Cancer Research Trust in Leeds.