“I feel hopeless and i’m tired of being pushed around” – Castries woman seeking surgery

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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.

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7 comments

  1. Cuba is great and much much cheaper

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  2. Surgery in St. Lucia mainly for simple cases. Panama is excellent and more affordable than Martinique.

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  3. I don't get it...why three years in waiting for a surgery...the statement and questions asked as indicated by "nonsense"...in the interim Pat I suggest you seek assistance away from St. Lucia...especially "Bone surgery"!! you can't mess with this too complicated. Bless you.

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  4. Madam you need to ask you private doctor for a medical letter to seek help else where. If it's left to the hospital you will not succeed. Go to another country and have the surgery done plz. Don't depend on VH or St Judes to get better get help from anothe specialist in the US or CANADA. God bless you with returning good health to you soul.

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  5. my woman i wish you could have gone to another hospital cause if this one took three years for true to say when you can do surgery and they havent answered still and giving you a run around i dont even trust them when they do the actual surgery before they mess up smh. i wonder if is vh that doing her that?

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  6. Given all the issues and ineptitude that knowingly exists with impunity at VHV I would not let any Dr. in lucia operate on me farless something as tricky as bone surgery. Lady if you can fly to Martinique or elsewhere please to ensure you best chances of a proper surgery and a good post surgery outcome.

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  7. But I'm lost. Why isn't she able to have the surgery???? Is it because of pre existing complications? ? Are the surgeons unable to do it? Or is it financial reasons? I don't comprehend the run around to have the surgery done ???

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