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CANCER MISTAKE HAS RUINED MY WEALTH; 'Dying' Phil's pounds 18,000 spree.

Byline: GEOFFREY LAKEMAN

A MAN who blew pounds 18,000 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer has been told he does not have the disease after all.

Phil Collins, 61, quit his job, planned his funeral and went on the spending spree when he was given six months to live.

Using his pension cash, he splashed out on luxuries including a pounds 6,000 Triumph motorbike and pounds 6,000 Ford Focus for wife Isabel.

But when he went back to hospital six months later checks revealed his tumour was in fact an abscess.

Now Phil is suing the NHS because he claims drugs he took for the non-existent gall bladder and liver cancer have ruined his health.

Yesterday he said: "I'm an absolute wreck. I was a fit man but now I can't do anything. When you're told you're going to die, then you are told you are not, it knocks you backwards."

Phil was referred to Dorchester County Hospital in Dorset two years ago after losing weight. Doctors later diagnosed advanced cancer of the gallbladder, which they said had spread to his liver.

Phil was advised to give up his lorry driving job and Isabel quit her cleaning work.

As well as vehicles, he blew cash on a leather sofa and second gold ring for his wife.

Isabel, 62, said: "He bought me everything I needed so I wouldn't want for anything."

Six months later, doctors could not understand why Phil was alive and new tests in April revealed there was no cancer.

Dorset County Hospital boss Jan Bergmann has apologised to the couple and said the original test results had not been properly analysed.

But Phil, of Yetminster, Dorset, now has a series of unexplained health problems and is seeking compensation.

The hospital said: "We cannot comment for reasons of patient confidentiality."

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Date:Jul 17, 2009
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