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Neck injury was much worse than doctors initially diagnosed

Staff from Stirling Royal Infirmary have apologised to a Scottish teenager who was sent home from the hospital with a diagnosis of whiplash when he in fact had a broken neck.

The student was in so much pain from his "whiplash" that he fainted. Despite this he was given a leaflet detailing exercises for neck injury sufferers, as well as some ibuprofen and co-codamol.

A correct diagnosis was only established several weeks later when the boy visited an osteopath who promptly sent him to be x-rayed.

He sustained the injury in a road traffic accident in which he rolled his car into a verge.

There is no official comment yet as to whether the teenager will make a compensation claim against the hospital for his whiplash misdiagnosis.



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