Jamie Cooper - The never ending story

#1
Jamie Cooper is the youngest soldier to have been seriously injured in Iraq. During the summer, a scandal erupted around him due to the atrocious standard of care that he had to endure at Selly Oak.

MRSA, overflowing colostomy bags, bed sores, no compensation, losing the use of his leg - he's had it all.

Or so I thought until the news broke that he's now been infected with c.diff following an operation at Selley Oak.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/15/nhealth315.xml

Iraq soldier Jamie Cooper latest superbug victim
By Gary Cleland
Last Updated: 1:35am BST 15/10/2007



Private Jamie Cooper, the youngest Briton to be injured in Iraq, is believed to be the latest victim of the superbug Clostridium difficile.

The 18-year-old, who lost the use of a leg after being hit by shrapnel in November 2006, has already contracted MRSA twice during treatment in the UK.

After his father, Phillip, campaigned to have his treatment improved he was transferred from Birmingham's Selly Oak NHS hospital to the Headley Court military hospital in Surrey.

advertisementHowever, he returned to Birmingham for routine operations. After six hours of surgery to repair his digestive system on Oct 5 his family were told he may have C.diff.

A hospital spokesman said yesterday that initial tests appeared to confirm the diagnosis, and the teenager is being treated on the presumption that he has the bug.

Pte Cooper spent much of the weekend in a weak but stable condition and unable to talk because of tubes running through his nose and mouth, although by last night he was able to get out of bed.

He is being kept in isolation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and being treated with powerful antibiotics to help fight the infection.

He is expected to make a full recovery.
 
#2
I saw this on GMTV this morning, i watched in total shock at what i was hearing, just goes to show how S**T things are now, the powers that be need to sort their F**King act out.

I wish Jamie all the best in his recovery and his family all the best.
 
#4
Whiskybreath said:
Melanie Phillips has something sensible to say about this. Astonishing that the Crimean experience seems to be repeating itself, but less so when you consider the quality of our politicians now.
"Our NHS is now the symbol of a society that has lost its moral compass along with its heart and soul."

Well written and whilst I am sure there are plenty of staff out there who really do care for their patients, they face a steep upward battle. Although saying that, I am sure there are several professions which were once considered to have the moral high ground but are now just another pay packet. :(
 
#5
I am really appalled at this, theres one thing coming back injured, think thats enough for one to take, but to pick up these viruses is unforgiveable.

Without meaning to state the obvious you go to hospital to get better.

My thoughts are with Jamie, I hope he makes a full recovery, he's got the rest of his life ahead of him. All the best.
 
#7
All the best for your recovery Jamie, what you have endured should not happen to anyone, let alone someone injured in the service of his country.

The best people deserve the best treatement.
 
#8
Speedy recovery Jamie.
 
#9
Cnuts. I 've just fired this off.

"Dear Owen Paterson,
I wrote to you some time ago about the reported appalling treatment that was allegedly being meted out to wounded servicemen. In particular I referenced Selly Oak.
I eventually received, via your offices, a reply full of 'facts,' justification and, frankly smoke and mirrors from Lord Drayson.(ref D/US of S/DT MC05620/2006)
It contained the following paragraph
"With reference to your constituents second point,(need for military hospitals) it is only through day to day involvement in clinical practice that medical personnel are able to maintain their skills(!) and qualifications, enabling them to respond quickly and efficiently to a wide range of medical casualties. Given the advances in in medical AND CLINICAL PRACTICE, this range and variety of experience and activity can only be provided by a large NHS hospital" (my emphasis)

May I now draw your attention to this;
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/15/nhealth315.xml.

It seems to me that the "advances in medical and clinical practices" are, in effect, better value for money for the Taliban/Iraqi Insurgents than second hand assault rifles from the powers that are supplying arms.

This incompetent treatment of our soldiers is wrong and wholly objectionable.
I suspect if MPs or Ministers were on the receiving end of this apology for care then 'something would be done'

As usual, I will not hold my breath waiting for some action, other than spin, to be taken by the Government. If however this letter in some way helps stop another poor lad be part of this reprehensible game of double jeopardy that medical treatment has become, I feel that my and hopefully your, time has not been wasted. I look forward to the response from HMG!





Yours sincerely,

PE4rocks"
 
#10
Isn't it time Gordon stopped messing around with "Prudence" and got stuck in with "Florence"?

The NHS is getting to be as bad as Scutari and that twonk Steven Twigg, rather smugly I thought, has the nerve to explain that the NHS will be serving our boys needs for their whole lives; so £285k is really quite sufficient for their needs...
 
#11
Albert Schweitzer must be turning in his grave over unclean states of hospitals. :x

Strip them down to the bare minimum - sorry, but home furnishings don't make for sterile conditions - bring back matrons / someone who is on the wards every day and in charge rather than someone hidden in an office and only venturing onto the wards when dignitaries are around and ensure that every surface is cleaned with bug-killing stuff daily and biological matter cleaned up as soon as possible after it's deposited, every re-usable piece of equipment sterilised after and before every use and every person is kept as clean as possible.

It is almost impossible to fathom how we're in this state in the 21st Century and my heart goes out to all those who've been affected by it. Once again my thoughts are with Pte Cooper and I hope he recovers from this.
 
#12
On Saturday 13 October, following the patient’s approval to release medical details, Mr David Gourevitch, the surgeon who operated on Private Jamie Cooper, and the clinical service lead for general surgery at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Jamie Cooper underwent major bowel surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Friday October 5 to reverse emergency surgery originally performed to save his life. During the procedure he had just one dose of antibiotics, in line with best practice for bowel surgery to prevent wound infection. He is being treated for a presumed diagnosis of C diff while we wait for confirmation of tests. Due to the nature of his injuries and his planned treatment, Jamie has been cared for in a single room since his stay in hospital – and every precaution for preventing infection has been taken. It is entirely possible that Jamie had been harbouring the C diff organism in his bowel as many patients do. Infections of this sort are always a risk associated with major bowel surgery. The operation appears to have been successful and Jamie is getting better. He was back on a light diet and oral fluids today and is expected to make a full recovery."

The Ministry of Defence is clear that the best possible care is being offered to Pte Jamie Cooper and other injured military personnel by both military and civilian clinical and nursing staff at Selly Oak and other Birmingham hospitals. We very much wish Jamie Cooper well in his continuing recovery.

This was posted by the Ministry of Defence. You can find a copy at: www.blogs.mod.uk

[edited for typo: Gourevitch]
 

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#14
Mongoose said:
o_O

They're here! Run for your lives..

To post on here on here someones ass must be twitching.
The comments must be getting a bit close to home.
 
#16
More BS from those up top.It's about time they pulled their fingers out and got their F***ing act together,and ensured that those that are injured on OP's are given treatment in Military Hospitals,by staff that understand the guys and there mentality,and not left to penny pinching NHS Managers,who are trying to save money.
So tell me MOD can you honestly look Jamie Brown in the eye and tell him and all the others that they've had the best care possible.Yeah big F***ing Durch!!!



The Covenant hasn't just been broken,it's been smashed and stamped on and torn into pieces!!
 
#17
Just to get this right, let me ask a couple of questions.

*Was Jamie on the Military ward of Sellyoak?

*If so, do You think that military personnel would give anything but the best care for Him? Especially given that one of our posters has already stated on another thread that when He was at Sellyoak it was squared away and clean.
 
#18
Ignoring dear leaderless Sven, if half, no a quarter of this story is true, then it is disgrace and a national shame.

That said, I don't imagine a single Labour politician will give a toss! No votes here.

'Disgusted' of Great Britain.
 
#19
Sven said:
Just to get this right, let me ask a couple of questions.

*Was Jamie on the Military ward of Sellyoak?

*If so, do You think that military personnel would give anything but the best care for Him? Especially given that one of our posters has already stated on another thread that when He was at Sellyoak it was squared away and clean.
After his father, Phillip, campaigned to have his treatment improved he was transferred from Birmingham's Selly Oak NHS hospital to the Headley Court military hospital in Surrey.

advertisementHowever, he returned to Birmingham for routine operations. After six hours of surgery to repair his digestive system on Oct 5 his family were told he may have C.diff.
So it seems he was infected during surgery at Selly Oak if I read it right.

Not defensible i'm afraid.
 
#20
defenceheadquarters said:
Mr David Goureveitch, the surgeon who operated on Private Jamie Cooper
I certainly hope not. There's nobody of that name who is licenced to practice medicine in the UK. Could the elite spin doctors at the MoD have cocked-up their propaganda (oops, sorry, I meant press release) in the first sentence?

defenceheadquarters said:
every precaution for preventing infection has been taken.
Really? Is he in a laminar flow room? That's a room where even the air is purified to reduce the chance of infection. If he's not in a laminar flow room then the statement above is untrue.

I'm told Cherie Blair was put in a laminar flow room when she had baby Leo as an "ordinary mum in an ordinary, NHS hospital". Perhaps Pte Cooper isn't enough of a VIP to warrant such treatment.

defenceheadquarters said:
It is entirely possible that Jamie had been harbouring the C diff organism in his bowel as many patients do.
Ah yes, a familiar line. Let me translate: "We don't worry about so-called hospital acquired infections because you can never actually prove they were acquired in hospital. Nobody can touch us". That's a direct quote from a member of nursing staff I spoke to at an NHS hospital.

Does anybody else find it incredibly patronising when doctors call patients by their first name while referring to themselves as "Mr Goureveitch".

defenceheadquarters said:
Infections of this sort are always a risk
No doubt, but if I remember correctly, the risk is about 40 times higher in the British NHS than in the Dutch NHS. That is the problem.


defenceheadquarters said:
The Ministry of Defence is clear that the best possible care is being offered to Pte Jamie Cooper
I'm glad somebody is clear about this.

Is this the same Pte Cooper who caught MRSA twice; developed bed sores because he wasn't being turned; was left in pain when his inflatable mattress deflated and staff did nothing; was left wallowing in his own excrement and now has c.diff to add to his MRSA and bar?

Now, I'm not a medical doctor. I'm not even a spin doctor, but I'll be damned if I'll believe that such treatment comes anywhere near "best possible care".
 

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