Alan Sweeney 23 years: 22.12.1967 to 1.7.1991
Carpenter William Sweeney tragically lost his son Alan in 1991 in a bizarre and harrowing incident of mistaken identity. Alan, aged just 23, was taken away by the police in the back of a police van, after being wrongly identified as a suspect.
He was later brought by them to St Charles Hospital in Ladbroke Grove in a state of unaccountable unconsciousness. Whilst there, the police wrongly gave the hospital the impression that Sweeney was a known criminal, who had been found “coughing up blood” from “drink and drugs”, though forensics revealed no trace of blood on his clothing.
What happened from that point in the hospital was what appears to be a series of unforgivable medical blunders based on misinformation given by the police, that Alan, who was actually a non-drinker and smoker, had a alcohol poisoning with gastrointestinal bleeding.
The hospital, acting on the the police’s account, and disregarding any blood tests to confirm that Alan had alcohol poisoning, completely misdiagnosed him, administering the wrong treatment, which proved fatal.
He was transfused with 5.5 litres of blood and saline for ten hours, and as a result Alan Sweeney suffered two massive cardiac and respiratory arrests and died.
Dr Patel concluded once again that Alan had died from “natural causes” due to hypertensive heart disease. William Sweeney has stated he has documents in his possession which can prove Dr Freddy Patel and others deliberately faked the true negligent cause of his death.
William Sweeney, fighting for clarity and justice on his son’s death for some 22 years, recently lodged a complaint with GMC in March this year. However he, like others, has had no answers.