A young mother has died of cervical cancer after doctors mistook her symptoms for menopause and check-ups were cancelled as a result of the pandemic.
Lizzy Evans, 27, from Bagillt, Wales, passed away last week, leaving behind her husband, Joshua Evans, and four children, aged nine, eight, two and one.
Check-ups ‘didn’t happen’
After being diagnosed with cervical cancer during the pregnancy of her fourth child, the 27-year-old was given the all clear in May last year.
Within a few months, Mrs Evans began suffering chronic muscular pain but her health workers mistakenly attributed this to early menopause brought on by her cancer treatment.
After receiving treatment, Mrs Evans was initially told she would continue to be monitored but speaking prior to her death she said this “didn’t happen” because of the pandemic.
When the pain continued to get worse and she was taken to hospital, tests revealed that the cancer had returned, and had spread throughout her body.
Mrs Evans was told her cancer was terminal and although she hoped to be able to take part in clinical trials, she became too ill and died on 31 March.
Mrs Evans married her partner, Joshua Evans, at her mother’s house after being informed that her cancer had returned.
‘As far as I knew, the treatment went well’
Mrs Evans spoke at length about her ordeal, in order to try and raise awareness about cervical cancer.
She told North Wales Live: “I was pregnant with my youngest daughter when I started to bleed a lot.
“I was back and forth to the hospital and when they checked my cervix, they said it looked abnormal.
“I ended up having a biopsy, which resulted in me being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
“I had to have my daughter by C-section just under eight weeks early so I could start treatment.
“As far as I knew, the treatment went well because I got the all clear on May 6, 2020”.
Mrs Evans passed away “peacefully surrounded by her loved ones”, according to North Wales Live.
‘Such a fighter’
Chissy Davies, Mrs Evans’s mother, described her daughter as “such a kindhearted person” who “always helped others.”
She said: “Lizzy was so strong and so brave. Her strength was amazing.
“She was such a fighter and always believed in hope, all the way up until her last few weeks
“It broke my heart to see what she was going through knowing there was nothing I could do to help her.”
A local fundraising group set up a JustGiving page to help “make memories” for Mrs Evans and her family when she found out the cancer had returned.Since her death, the fundraiser has now been updated to say all the money raised will go to her husband and children.
Though the initial fundraising target was £500, the page has received more than £4000 in donations at time of writing.