Former private physician to Princess Diana of Wales admits to a series of critical errors leading to the premature death of a prominent City banker
Dr. Peter Wheeler, who has treated the Prince of Wales and Duke of Kent, stated that his 69 year old patient Stefano Vavalidis would have lived another 18 months if not for his negligence.
Mr. Vavalidis was a prominent figure in European banking, holding the position of Director at the National Bank of Greece. He died of cirrhosis of the liver in January of 2016.
Dr. Wheeler, who has treated celebrities such as Nigella Laws and Anthony Andrews as well as royalty, prescribed Mr. Vavalidis the cancer treatment drug methotrexate to treat the skin condition psoriasis, which Mr. Vavalidis went on to take for seven years – between May 2003 and 2015.
Methotrexate is known to be associated with liver toxicity, and Mrs.Vavalidis alleges that her husband’s death from liver failure was a direct result of Dr. Wheeler failing to properly monitor her husband’s use of the drug.
Doctor’s solicitors admit clear wrongdoing and negligence
Solicitors for Dr. Wheeler stated that “…but for [Dr. Wheeler’s] admitted breach of duty, methotrexate would have been stopped by no later than around 2009/2010 in response to the low platelet counts which would have been detected at or around that time, had the count been monitored.”
The formerly prestigious doctor’s admissions of malpractice and guilt will come as an enormous shock to both the numerous patients he has treated at his private clinic as well as his fellow colleagues in the medical profession.
Mrs. Vavalidis and her two sons stated that Mr. Vavalidis “suffered gravely”, and that as a result of his increasingly damaged liver his condition deteriorated to the point that he was no longer able to climb stairs and had to have a ramp installed in his holiday home in Greece.