Christian Taillurat is a man like any other. But one day, while having a benign polyp removed, he falls victim to what is called a “medical error”. Doctors diagnose her with cancer, which doesn’t exist. Many chemotherapy sessions followed. Today he tells us his story.
“The error was so big initially, that they had to hide“. Christian Taillurat, painter in Bergerac, is one of those victims that we never talk about. Those who have experienced a serious medical error years ago, and which have since faded into oblivion. Yet they carry the burden of that failed scalpel – or that exchanged medical record – all their lives. We therefore wanted to give the floor to this man, the time of an article.
“I was operated on for a benign polyp … and was diagnosed with cancer”
It all started on March 24, 2015. On this very special day, Christian Taillurat underwent an operation. benign polyp located in the bladder. This small growth is quickly removed and no abnormality is detected. On March 27, the man returned home, happy that the operation had gone well.
But on the way, the secretary reminds him: he forgot to pay the fee overruns. A few days later, Mr Taillurat therefore went to the surgeon (Dr F.) of the Pasteur clinic in Bergerac. He sees in the waiting room a patient in bad shape, a pocket in hand.
The surgeon calls Christian Taillurat, who sits in the office. Dr F. then presses the dictaphone and begins to dictate the report. He seeks, not without difficulty, the Last name of the patient for several minutes … until declaring aloud “This concludes the examination of Mr Taillurat”.
Our future victim immediately points out his mistake. For him, no doubt, it is not his file, but that of the former patient, ailing.
Dr F., annoyed, then strikes him “Anyway, you have the same thing: two highly invasive tumors”.
This is where the error begins: a doctor (too?) Sure of himself … and a simple file exchange.
“We must operate quickly”
As a reminder, highly invasive tumors are malignant tumors, that is to say cancerous. They can spread to other parts of the body and come back if they are not treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
For Dr F., this is therefore a emergency : Mr Taillurat is suffering from bladder cancer that he must “operate quickly”. The tumor would have even “pierced the bladder”, according to him.
For humans, anger gives way to uncertainty. He then decides to consult his doctor, who gives him a scanner. No tumor is identified. The latter, however, advised him to go to the Bergonié Institute (Bordeaux), a renowned clinic, to confirm or deny the diagnostic of Dr F.
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2 days before the famous meeting at the Institute, Dr F. and his team returned to the charge “we must start chemotherapy”. Mr Taillurat stands up. He absolutely wants a second opinion on his case. But we try to deter…
Cancer: a falsified file
In Bergonié, it is Dr P. who receives from Mr Taillurat. During the appointment, he does not ask her for an ultrasound or a scan. A quick glance is cast on the file. The many anomalies – as a document displaying an operation date distorted (March 26 instead of March 24) – do not alert the doctor.
Mr Taillurat est amazed : no document proves that he really suffers from a cancer. “They were unable to show me the slightest tumor,” he laments.
However, the story does not end there. A new PET Scan (which can detect a cancerous tumor, editor’s note) is program.
The results are slow. The staff, annoyed, tells the “sick” that they will be given to him later, on Friday, but that he must “go up to the room”. The nurse then tells him that they will begin treatment.
She injects me with the product. It burns me everywhere. I ask for the results again. Then I ask what this product is. And I realize then that we started chemotherapy without telling me, remembers, with fear, Mr. Taillurat.
The reassuring staff explained to him that it was for his own good. Every day he reminds him that he will die if he does not follow the treatment. This torture lasts 3 days.
And 15 days later, it’s off again – 3 days chemotherapy again. In total, Mr Taillurat will endure 6 sessions of this anti-cancer treatment.
“I said to myself the chemo, it’s okay, I’ll get there. Because I am strong. But in reality, it hurts a lot “.
For the medical team, the ordeal is not over: we must now remove the bladder. Mr Taillurat insists “A man without a bladder is no longer a man”, he will declare.
The radiotherapy is then considered. The nurses explain to the patient that this technique consists of burning the entire bladder. Once again, Mr Taillurat refuses outright.
“I didn’t want to have an operation and lose my bladder,” he lost his temper.
3 months after treatment, no cancer is detected
The treatments are over. Mr Taillurat returns home, but is closely followed by the Institut Bergonié team. 3 months after his sessions, the patient finally undergoes an examination with a doctor (endoscopy of the bladder).
He looks at the bladder and tells me there is nothing. She is perfectly healthy.
Mr Taillurat finally has his answer: he did not have cancer. On the other hand, he was the victim of a medical error and today suffers from the many side effects of chemo (dizziness, tingling, weakness in the arms, in the legs …). He can no longer exercise his profession as a painter.
Since this story, Mr. Taillurat has filed a complaint in court and hired a lawyer. He hopes that one day the surgeon be struck off (Dr F. is still operating on many people today) and may his story serve as an example. So that this type of error does not happen again.