Carl Manley died suddenly from undiagnosed leukaemia while serving in Afghanistan

Bournemouth Echo: TRAGIC: Carl Manley TRAGIC: Carl Manley

A GRIEVING widow has called for more thorough medical checks on service personnel after her Royal Marine husband died suddenly from undiagnosed leukaemia.

Father-of-three Carl Manley, 41, was serving in Afghanistan when he died unexpectedly in September 2012.

A subsequent post-mortem concluded he had suffered a severe bleed inside his brain which was a result of acute leukaemia – a condition he did not know he had.

In the days before his death his colleagues said Captain Manley had been his normal good-humoured self, suffering only relatively minor health complaints, including a sandfly bite that was not healing properly, aches and pains and sores inside his mouth.

However, just eight hours after seeing a military doctor, he was found unconscious in his bed.

He underwent aggressive hospital treatment but his condition worsened over the next 48 hours.

An attempt was made to fly him back to the UK but he suffered a cardiac arrest on the helicopter and died on September 24.

His wife Sheralee, of Herbert Road in Westbourne, told the inquest she was concerned her husband’s previous medical history was not properly documented.

She said he had contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Belize in 2005 but, because he recovered, this incident was not flagged up in his military medical records.

The inquest also heard from the doctor who assessed Captain Manley shortly before he died and recommended he undergo blood tests.

This could not happen instantly because they did not have those facilities at their base.

Mrs Manley said: “I just feel the medical records should be a lot more detailed than they are and the MoD should give these guys thorough medicals.

“My point now is for the other guys now serving.

“There was nothing in his medical records, no record of the drugs he was given in 2005, nothing. That was a significant illness he had in 2005, he could have died from it, whether it was seven years ago or not.

“They’re just farcical, the medical records, I’m afraid.”

She also called for additional blood testing facilities to be introduced.

Dorset Coroner Sherriff Payne said he saw ‘no reason’ to link the illness that killed Captain Manley with his 2005 illness.

“It all appears to be solely related to this sudden leukaemia,” he said.

“This is a natural disease which I don’t think could have been predicted.

“The evidence is quite clear that he died of natural causes.”

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12:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Bournemouth87 says...

Carl Manley should have been given the utmost care with the job he was doing for his country, RIP to this hero!!!
Carl Manley should have been given the utmost care with the job he was doing for his country, RIP to this hero!!! Bournemouth87
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7:06pm Mon 31 Mar 14

60plus says...

There is nothing natural about his death,soldiers should be given regular medicals after all they are serving our country.may he rest in peace.
There is nothing natural about his death,soldiers should be given regular medicals after all they are serving our country.may he rest in peace. 60plus
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2:25am Tue 1 Apr 14

billd766 says...

Perhapsthings have changed from when I wasin the RAF many years ago or are different in the RM but on a posting all my personal documents were sent to the next duty station. They followed me around for some 25 years in the UK and overseas. When I went into hospital in 1965 it was found that I was allergic to penicillin but streptomycin worked for me. That was on my medical record too.
When a unit is posted overseas all the unit documenatation travels too.
If as is suggested some of his medical details were not recoded properly it would have been down to the unit MO and not to the system.
How often guys undergo a full medical nowadays is not known to me but AFAIR I used to get a medical before going overseas as part of the pre posting package but not in the UK.
On operational postings the medical facilities are usually pretty good but it must be remembered that military doctors are more like the average GP in the UK in that none of them are specialists at least not at the local level and if something comes up that they are not sure of the will and do contact more senior doctors and refer the patient to better mecical facilities than are available locally.
One problem is that the better facility is not normally 5 miles down the road but may be sited in the main base in country or even the UK.
It would appear that Carl Manley died of acute leukemia which was undiagnosed. That could happen to anybody anywhere in the UK unless a specific medical was requested by the doctor or the patient.
Perhapsthings have changed from when I wasin the RAF many years ago or are different in the RM but on a posting all my personal documents were sent to the next duty station. They followed me around for some 25 years in the UK and overseas. When I went into hospital in 1965 it was found that I was allergic to penicillin but streptomycin worked for me. That was on my medical record too. When a unit is posted overseas all the unit documenatation travels too. If as is suggested some of his medical details were not recoded properly it would have been down to the unit MO and not to the system. How often guys undergo a full medical nowadays is not known to me but AFAIR I used to get a medical before going overseas as part of the pre posting package but not in the UK. On operational postings the medical facilities are usually pretty good but it must be remembered that military doctors are more like the average GP in the UK in that none of them are specialists at least not at the local level and if something comes up that they are not sure of the will and do contact more senior doctors and refer the patient to better mecical facilities than are available locally. One problem is that the better facility is not normally 5 miles down the road but may be sited in the main base in country or even the UK. It would appear that Carl Manley died of acute leukemia which was undiagnosed. That could happen to anybody anywhere in the UK unless a specific medical was requested by the doctor or the patient. billd766
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