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  • British actress Emily Chesterton dies at 30.
  • She had a blood clot that was misdiagnosed.
  • Could she have survived?

Mourning in the entertainment world! British actress Emily Chesterton, has died at the age of 30.

The theater star saw two physician associates who both misdiagnosed her condition.

After her death was announced, condolences began pouring in on social media.

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British actress Emily Chesterton dies

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Emily Chesterton, a talented 30-year-old musical theater actress, tragically passed away.

She had a blood clot that was misdiagnosed at two different medical consultations, according to The Sun.

This devastating incident has highlighted significant concerns about the healthcare system.

Chesterton’s parents believe their daughter would still be alive if her condition had been treated in time.

What happened to actress Emily Chesterton?

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The trouble began when Emily visited her doctor’s office on October 31, 2022, seeking help for discomfort in her left calf.

Despite believing she was seeing a general practitioner, she was actually seen by a physician associate, a medical role that involves significantly less training.

In this initial consultation, Emily also mentioned difficulty breathing; however, she was simply advised to take paracetamol.

Later, in a second consultation on November 7, another physician associate diagnosed her with a calf sprain, long Covid, and anxiety.

What were her symptoms?

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Despite describing symptoms such as difficulty walking and a swollen, hot leg, Emily was prescribed a beta blocker that is used for heart problems, anxiety and migraines.

Emily’s parents, Brendan and Marion, are expressing their concern about a new government plan to employ more physician associates throughout the NHS.

Marion emphasized the importance of patients knowing who is treating them and having the option to see a fully qualified doctor.

The actress’s mother suggested that the title «doctor’s assistant» would be more accurate than «physician associate,» according to The Sun.

Could Emily’s death have been prevented?

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The fact that actress Emily Chesterton was not treated by fully qualified doctors raises questions about the training and supervision of physician assistants in the U.K. healthcare system.

Although these professionals play important roles in healthcare, they do not have the same training as doctors and should not be considered direct substitutes.

The situation also led to broader reflection on the training and regulation of physician assistants in the U.K.

Most physician assistants complete a degree related to biosciences before undertaking an two-year integrated master’s course.

A painful loss

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The pain and grief experienced by Emily’s family is unfathomable — especially because her death could potentially have been prevented.

Her parents describe her as an incredibly sensitive, affectionate and talented woman, whose passing leaves a terrible void, according to The Sun.

Emily left an indelible mark on the world of musical theater, with a distinguished career in the entertainment industry.

She appeared in productions both in Liverpool and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. To see photos of actress Emily Chesterton click HERE.

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