Corrie actor Kenneth Cope was told he was dying

Kenneth Cope

Coronation Street star Kenneth Cope – who plays Jed Stone – has revealed to the News of the World that he spent six years believing he was going to die of cancer after being incorrectly diagnosed with the disease.

Kenneth, who’s 77, was told by specialists at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford that he had mesothelioma, a cancer that is almost always caused by contact with asbestos. He was referred to the hospital eight years ago after experiencing severe chest pain and shortness of breath.

In 2005, Kenneth was sent to more specialists in Liverpool in who, a year later, told him the diagnosis of mesothelioma was wrong and he actually had the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which, though serious, isn’t necessarily fatal and isn’t a cancer.

Cope told the newspaper: “For six years I lived under a false death sentence.

“When I found out the truth I was shocked, angry and elated.”

When he was originally told that he had a terminal disease, the actor sold his French holiday home and moved back to Merseyside so that he could spend what he thought were his last years with his family.

“All that time I had been waiting to die, and then I found out I didn’t have cancer” he says in the interview, adding:

“All I want is an apology from the NHS. It is disgusting that they have put myself and my family through such anguish and heartache.”

A spokesman for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust is quoted in the paper as saying: “Mr Cope’s case was independently reviewed and no fault was found.”

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