Woman who was told she was dying and sold prized possessions to fund her own funeral before learning doctors had got it wrong still hasn’t been told HOW the mistake happened
- Julie Shann was told she had ‘very little’ time and that she had terminal cancer
- She began planning her funeral and started selling off family heirlooms to pay
- But a month later experts at Hull Royal Infirmary informed her the GP was wrong
- They said that the diagnosing doctor was not qualified to give her the diagnosis
A woman sold her most prized possessions to pay for her funeral after being told she was dying – only for doctors to tell her they got it wrong.
Julie Shann, 55, says she was told by doctors she had terminal lung cancer and had ‘very little’ time left to live.
As she began planning for her own funeral, Ms Shann sold her family heirlooms and precious antiques to pay for the costs.
But a month later and experts in Hull Royal Infirmary told her she had never had the devastating disease, and her doctor was not qualified to give her the diagnosis.
Julie Shann, 55, of Hull, says she was told by doctors she had terminal lung cancer and had ‘very little’ time left to live
‘For a month I was made to think that I was dying and had to plan my own funeral – it was absolutely heartbreaking’ said Ms Shann.
‘I tried to stay strong for my children who were supporting me but also grieving, and gave them a brave face, but behind closed doors I cried and cried.
‘I cried myself to sleep at night and every time I went to bed, I didn’t know if I would be waking up again the next morning.
‘It was so horrible to think that every day could have been my last day.’
Ms Shann said she had been giving the devastating diagnosis when she visited her GP in January 2015, just two months after suffering a stroke.
As she began planning for her own funeral, Ms Shann sold her family heirlooms and precious antiques to pay for the costs
But a month later and experts in Hull Royal Infirmary (pictured) told her she had never had the devastating disease, and her doctor was not qualified to give her the diagnosos
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She says she then began to sell off her possessions, believing she was going to die, including her grandmother’s wedding ring and eternity ring, as well as treasured antiques and gold jewellery that would ordinarily be passed down to her children.
‘I had to sell off nearly all my prized possessions to pay for my funeral as I didn’t have the money for it and didn’t want to leave my family with the burden,’ she said.
‘I had to sell my nanna’s wedding ring and eternity ring, all my gold and antiques that I had, all of which were meant to be passed down to my kids.’
But when she visited the Hull Royal cancer clinic a month later, she says doctors told her she never had cancer and the doctor who said she had it was not qualified to make such a diagnosis.
Ms Shann said she had been giving the devastating diagnosis when she visited her GP in January 2015, just two months after suffering a stroke. Pictured: Hull Royal Infirmary, where medics told her she did not in fact have the disease
After the hospital told her she did not have cancer, Ms Shann said she tried to get an explanation from the doctor who told her she would die
Three years on, Ms Shann says she is still heartbroken to lose her most precious things and she is determined to get answers.
She said: ‘I’ll never get the stuff back that I sold and it was so sentimental and meant so much to me.
‘I shouldn’t have had to part with it all, and the items meant so much to me.’
After the hospital told her she did not have cancer, Ms Shann said she tried to get an explanation from the doctor who told her she would die.
‘I went in to the surgery to ask why he had made such a mistake,’ she said.
‘But he wouldn’t see me and rang the police to escort me from the premises.
‘Even though it’s been two years I’m still not over it, and I just want an explanation as to what happened and why he got it so wrong.
‘I deserve answers for what he put me through.’
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