A Castries woman who is suffering from an infection in both her legs said a month has passed since she tried to contact hospital officials to find out when she can undergo surgery, but no one seems to have an answer.
Patricia Hamilton of Hospital Road, Castries had told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview on October 7 that she was recommended for urgent surgery to her legs for close to three years now.
Hamilton said she made calls to the office of the director and even visited the hospital but was told that they are looking into to matter and they will return a call to her when they are ready.
However, the woman said she is literally living on pain tablets which she uses at least three times per day to help her get by. “I feel hopeless and i’m tired of being pushed around,” she said.
Hamilton was first referred to the Victoria Hospital on November 13, 2013 by a doctor at the Castries Health Centre to see a bone specialist there, due to pain and swelling to both of her feet.
After seeing the doctor, the mother of five was advised to take a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to her left leg. She was later diagnosed with a bone infection.
But the swelling and pain was not only happening on the left leg, so she was advised to take another MRI, but this time for the right leg, which was diagnosed with the same condition.
According to Hamilton, who is unable to work due to her condition, the doctor had recommended that she undergo surgery to her legs.
But three years have passed and the hospital is yet to confirm with Hamilton, whether she will ever be able to undergo the surgery, something that she is in dire need of.
The 52-year-old woman said she has been checking with the hospital ever since.