Prison doctors 'have given me a death sentence after missing my cancer', claims terminally-ill ex-prisoner
A prisoner who has been given days left to live due to terminal cancer claims his symptoms were wrongly dismissed for months by jail medics. Alan Aspin, from Oldham, was serving time for robbery in Kirkham Prison in Blackpool when his health rapidly deteriorate. The 51-year-old had held down manual jobs in for most of his adult life and had always prided himself in being ‘fit as a fiddle.’ Yet shortly after being moved from Risley Prison, near Warrington, to Lancashire’s Kirkham in March, he started to suffer pain in his abdomen and dramatic weight loss. Alan claims his symptoms were ignored by medical staff at Kirkham’s health centre and were instead ‘dismissed’ as a chest infection.
Yet just months later, Alan was told by doctors he had just days to live and has now been released from prison compassionate grounds.The dad-of-12 was sentenced to five years for a robbery in 2014 and was five months away from being eligible for parole. But he says he still should have the chance to fight his cancer and claims that if prison medics had listened to him, he may have stood a better chance of fighting the now terminal lymphoma in his stomach.
|Cancer sufferer Alan Aspin and daughter Naomi Greenwood|