Man wrongly told he had six months to live

A BRITISH man sold all his belongings – including his dog – after he was wrongly informed he had just six months to live.

Malcolm McMahon, 55, from Erdington, central England, was advised to get his possessions in order after being diagnosed with severe liver cancer in February last year, the Birmingham Mail reported.

He gave away his Staffordshire Bull Terrier, put his four-bedroom home up for sale and sold some of his most precious belongings, including family heirlooms, in order to provide a legacy to his relatives.

Mr McMahon claims the same doctor who gave him a terminal diagnosis then reversed his conclusion three months later, after further examinations showed that blemishes on an ultrasound scan of his liver were harmless.

By that time, Mr McMahon had lost all his belongings. The false alarm also caused severe emotional stress to his girlfriend and relatives, who were already suffering after the death of his mother and brother to lung cancer in recent years.

“My girlfriend was devastated. I wanted to make sure the people I loved would be financially secure without me, so I sold antique rings, china ornaments and plates left by my parents for silly money as I thought I didn’t have much time,” Mr McMahon said.

“I sat there listening to the doctor detail about dying at home and how Macmillan nurses could help, but the whole time, I was fine. All that time spent worrying over nothing.”

Dr Thompson, the practitioner who McMahon identified as giving the false prognosis and who works for the local health trust, was unavailable for comment.

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