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My mother was diagnosed with severe actute Pancreatitis last month. Until then I had never heard of this condition. Mum was admitted on the Monday with severe abdomen pain and vomiting. The hospital quickly diagnosed Pancreatitis, at what stage was unknown. They immediately put Mum on a drip and pain relief although Mum said the pain relief was hardly touching it. Mum then had an x-ray and was then admitted to a ward. Tuesday evening she was admitted to Intensive Care as the condition had got a lot worse. By Wednesday afternoon Mum was placed on a ventilator as lung complications had started. By Friday Mum's kidneys had started to fail and the lung condition was very much worse.
Mum died on the Saturday - only 5 days after being admitted due to multi organ failure.
The only previous symptom Mum had was 9 days previously she had bad pain in her abdomen, she went to bed with a hot water bottle and the pain went. Until that fateful Monday, Mum had no other pains/symptoms.
More people need to be made aware of this disease. Perhaps if we had more knowledge, as soon as she received the first pain 9 days previously, we could have prevented her death ......
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