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Mother, 26, given months to live after misdiagnosis
Tara Jones, 26, from Wales, was given the all-clear by the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant after having a mole removed in 2005. But new tests showed it was malignant and the cancer had spread. She said it was now too late for treatment.
Ms Jones said she was hoping to live long enough to see her two children - Tyler, six, and Lowis, three - open their Christmas presents this year. "I will never see them grow up, their first day at comprehensive school, their first boyfriends and girlfriends," she said. "I am going to miss it all. It's just too unbearable to think about. Well it's heartbreaking really isn't it? I don't know how long I have got left to live through somebody else's mistake - I hope for years - but when I ask they just tell me to take my life each month as it comes."
Ms Jones said the mole had been sent away for tests and a week later she was told it was harmless. But a friend whose mother died of cancer recognised some of her symptoms and insisted she had a second opinion.
"There was a lady from the NHS and a doctor and a Macmillan nurse (who) came to the house and said the mole they had removed after the 12th of May was actually a melanoma in the first place," she said. "He (the doctor) told me there had been a terrible mistake. The mole I'd had removed in 2005 had been cancerous all along."
A spokesperson for the Welsh Assembly Government said: "We deeply regret hearing of cases like this and the minister would expect the trust to undertake an urgent inquiry into the matter."
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