Sunday 25 September 2016

'My father fainted in mass because he's been waiting for heart surgery for two years' - worried son tells Liveline

Published 10/04/2015 | 15:30

File photo: Frank’s dad is one of 21,710 people who are currently waiting on inpatient treatment in Ireland.
File photo: Frank’s dad is one of 21,710 people who are currently waiting on inpatient treatment in Ireland.

A man has said his sick father has been “totally abandoned” by the health system because he has been on a waiting list for heart surgery for 24 months.

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Frank, whose Dad has been diagnosed with blockages on the heart, told Liveline today how his Dad is getting weaker and he fainted at mass some weeks ago.”

“He is actually being totally abandoned... It’s having an awful effect on us. We’re constantly worried about him. He’s getting weaker and weaker.”

“A few weeks ago he was at mass on Sunday morning and he fainted and as a family we’re very concerned about him.”

“He was very weak. He had driven down to mass with my mother.”

“He attended his GP on the Tuesday and the GP has written to the hospital again, asking ‘why is this man being left, why has his operation not been done yet?’

When Frank’s father last visited the hospital, doctors informed him that the blockages had worsened.

“On his recent visit, they told him that three blockages have become worse. He’s been told ‘you’ve no other option now, you must have surgery’.”

“It’s just going on and on and on. To have that operation done now privately would cost €50,000.”

“He’s been totally abandoned by the health system in the country. He’s been let down.”

Frank’s dad is one of 21,710 people who are currently waiting on inpatient treatment in Ireland.

“When we were in hospital, other doctors walked by that were aware of my father, and they asked my father why hadn’t his operation been done yet?”

“He has been completely abandoned by the system in this country.”

“While all this good will is being expressed to him [by doctors]... we’ve just been hearing the same for 24 months. It’s just never ending.”

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