A YOUNG Ellesmere Port woman with appendicitis spent six weeks in a coma after allegedly being told by a doctor she had a stomach bug.
Christy Millar, 21, now needs a kidney transplant, uses a wheelchair and has lost large parts of her memory.
Her parents, Anthony and Angela Millar, blame the region's controversial out-of-hours GP service Urgent Care 24.
Miss Millar, a geology graduate of Foxall Way, was in student accommodation in Liverpool when she started having stomach pains and vomiting last May.
She claims a doctor from Urgent Care 24 told her she had gastroenteritis, but two days later she was fighting for her life in the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
Doctors discovered her appendix had ruptured and she had developed potentially fatal blood poisoning.
She spent six weeks in a coma and six months being fed through a tube.
Miss Millar, who obtained 10 GCSEs at Whitby High School before going on to Liverpool University, said: 'I remember suddenly waking up and seeing nurses. I thought I was dreaming. I had missed my sister's 18th while I was out and my mum's 50th.'
Miss Millar now has regular physiotherapy sessions to help her muscles learn to walk again, and has kidney dialysis three times a week. She has lost three-and-a-half stones and is too frail to be put on the waiting list for a new kidney.
Her father Anthony has retired early to care for her, and the family has written to the General Medical Council asking it to investigate.
The family claims that when Miss Millar called UC24 she was told she probably had constipation and was told to call back in 24 hours if she was still ill.
The next evening she called again and was sent to a walk-in centre, where she says a doctor diagnosed her with gastroenteritis and charged her £15.
UC24's director of clinical services, Simon Abrams, refused to confirm if any disciplinary action had been taken against the doctor.
The matter was closed as far as UC24 was concerned, he said, adding: 'If the GMC want to investigate then of course we will co-operate.'
The GMC has refused to comment on whether the doctor alleged to be involved will face an investigation.