A grandfather who gave away his life savings after being told he had terminal cancer is suing his local health authority after learning the diagnosis was incorrect.
Andy Lees, 72, from Blackburn in West Lothian, Scotland, gave away his more than $21,000 savings to friends and family. He also spent more than $11,400 on his funeral.
A year after their initial diagnosis, doctors at St John’s Hospital in Livingston, Scotland, told him that he is in fact suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung condition that causes a narrowing of the airways. Although he is seriously ill, he is not dying.
Now Lees, a former miner, says that the mistake has left him penniless. “I couldn’t believe it. I gave away my life savings because I didn’t think I would need them. We just presumed that the doctor would be right. Now I am broke,” he said.