GRIEVING AND ANGRY: Chris and Gary Parsons with a photo of their son Keiran.
GRIEVING AND ANGRY: Chris and Gary Parsons with a photo of their son Keiran. Vicki Wood

Parents say system failed their late son

TWENTY-six-year-old Keiran Parsons died after years of agony, bleeding and unresolved visits to hospital.

His parents Gary and Chris suffered with him.

They are still wondering why it took three years for doctors to diagnose the talented basketballer with cancer.

"He was in massive pain and had internal bleeding until he died," Gary, a former policeman, said.

"Had my son died and (the public hospital system) did everything they could in good faith, I could accept it."

Gary and Chris said the system had numerous opportunities to diagnose the cause of Keiran's crippling pain, before the x-ray and scan at Caboolture Hospital which revealed the 13cm mass that had gone through his bowel wall.

"I know if (an earlier colonoscopy) had have happened it's still not a guarantee (of him surviving)," Chris said.

"But everyone is entitled to decent medical care.

"Something needs to be done."

Keiran bled for three years and had his healthy appendix removed before being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011, where it had reached stage 3.

He died in April.

His distraught parents believe hospital staff suspected the tattooed young man of seeking drugs and of using his diagnosed history of depression as an additional motive as to why he was denied proper care.

"We were eventually told things like 'we think he's in here for the morphine'," Gary said.

"We would have been more accepting if everything was transparent but they robbed him of a life."

Medical records released through the Parsons' Freedom of Information requests confirmed their suspicions.

Comments made in the paperwork included "emotional overlay" (in layman's terms an emotional or psychological disability), "doubled up in pain. He saw people watching" (in 2008) and "Opioid requirement discordant to injuries, concerning amounts of behaviour" (in 2010).

Chris and Gary say when they and Keiran realised what was going on they asked the staff to test his blood, which he had already provided, to show that he was not a drug user.


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