Radiation overdose teenager dies


In January of this year, 15 year-old Lisa Norris, from Girvan in Ayrshire, received massive overdoses of radiation while being treated for a brain tumor at the Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasgow. Determined to be caused by human error, the 17 overdoses caused severe pain with burns and blisters on the back of her head, neck and ears.

Lisa was initially diagnosed with a brain tumor in October last year. At the same time the staff told her of the overdosing error, they also told her that her tumor was gone. Extensive oxygen treatment was given to attempt to offset the damage done by the overdosing of radiation.

According to the BBC News report, Lisa has died. At this time, the cause is not known.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Harris family for their loss and for the terrible experiences Lisa suffered during treatment for cancer. Her parents are quoted as saying, ""She was determined not to give up her fight and she stayed fighting until the end. She was our inspiration. She kept us going in many ways. Lisa will remain in our family's hearts forever, she was a very special girl."

In the past 20 years, there have been 14 cases of radiation overdoses at the Beatson, which is Scotland's largest cancer centre and has carried out at least 29,000 courses of radiotherapy treatment since 1985.


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