Young patient nearly died after doctors dismissed her serious symptoms as 'women's troubles'

Apr 20, 2018
08:57 P.M.
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After going through a near-death experience due to misdiagnosis of a potentially lethal disease, a young woman now has an important message to share.


A young woman, Hattie Gladwell, lived with ulcerative colitis - a form of inflammatory bowel disease - for years after her general practitioners continued to misdiagnosis her condition as just 'women issues,' according to Metro.

The online source reported that the woman had repeatedly sought help and advice from her doctors but her bowel condition was never mentioned. Her issues were just seen as the problems of a 'hormonal' young woman.

Over time, the medical team actually started getting frustrated by her appointments and even labeled her as a 'hypochondriac.'

Then in October 2014, Gladwell suffered from rectal bleeding for the first time. She was at the work at the time and her first instinct told her that she had come on her period.


Only when she stood in the mirror, she realized she was actually bleeding from her rectum. She informed that it happened around the same time that she began losing a lot of weight.


She went for yet another diagnosis, but the doctors still put her condition down to 'being a woman,' claiming that the pressure to be skinnier, and a possible eating disorder.

In January 2015, Gladwell condition grew worst and she collapsed near the toilet just after getting home from a driving lesson. She began using toilet over 50 times per day over the course of next week.


At this point, she unable even to go to her doctors because she couldn't leave the toilet. She, however, visited her A&E three times over the course of five days but was turned away claiming that she was just having gastroenteritis.

When she was too sick to take care of herself, she went to her mother, who then took Gladwell to her own doctor.

It was only then that she was diagnosed with appendicitis and her appendix was removed. A week later, it was discovered that her large bowel was about to 'perforate.' She was finally diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.


Her bowel was then quickly removed and a stoma bag, which is used for defecating, was placed in her stomach.

Although Gladwell is slowly growing in strength and recovering from all the emotional trauma, the misdiagnosis in the earlier stages had definitely cost her body confidence.

After the experience, Gladwell has appealed to all the doctors to listen to young women when they talk about their issues. She requested everyone to not view every problem as 'hormonal' issues or 'women problems.'