The astonishing case of the chiropractor who broke a patient’s neck then told 999 she thought he'd had a stroke
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You probably haven’t heard of the General Chiropractic Council. I certainly hadn’t. Their job is to regulate those people who crack your bones for a living and then charge you.
Their conduct committee has just heard a scandalous case involving chiropractor Arleen Scholten and the death of her 80-year-old patient John Lawler.
This is what happened and then you can make up your own mind if Mrs Scholten should still be allowed to run her business. I already have and the answer is no.
Mr Lawler visited Mrs Scholten’s clinic in York in August, 2017, after suffering a leg injury.
He visited her because he believed she was a medically-qualified doctor. After all she used the title Dr. It emerged in the hearing she wasn’t.
The patient’s wife Joan was with him in the treatment room when a technique involving part of the bed dropping down was used with Mr Lawler saying; ‘’ You are hurting me.’’
Mrs Scholten then used something called an activator - a handheld device that stimulates the spine. She stopped when he said he could no longer feel his arms.
An ambulance was called and the crew were told that he'd had a stroke. Had the crew been told what had really happened he would have been immobilised for a suspected neck fracture.
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The effect of the trauma was that Mr Lawler became a quadriplegic having suffered irreversible spinal damage.
Mrs Scholten was arrested but never charged.
Unbelievably the committee cleared her saying the death was unforeseeable and also said that vital misleading information given to 999 call handlers and crew was due to an ‘’acute stress reaction’’ by Mrs Scholten.
Further the committee said Mrs Scholten was not ‘’inherently a dishonest person.’’
His son David, 57, an accountant does not agree. ‘’Mrs Scholten told lies about her treatment and had she been honest all the evidence suggests that the paramedics would have treated my father differently and he probably have lived.’’
My advice is to keep well clear of Mrs Scholten.
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