A woman from the South Shore who has already been waiting for more than two years for bariatric surgery saw her December operation canceled following the massive load shedding in hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.
“My back hurts, my legs swell, I have sleep apnea […] I suffocate at night when I sleep. My doctor told me I might not wake up anymore, ”says Linda Sampson, demoralized and worried.
The 50-year-old from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu has been waiting for bariatric surgery since August 2018.
At the time, her doctor had even written “urgent” on the ticket to be sent to hospitals for the operation to reduce the size of her stomach.
After long months of waiting and meetings in Rimouski, where she was even ready to go to be operated, Mr.me Sampson received a call from the Montreal General Hospital. She was first scheduled for weight loss surgery on November 30. Then, following cancellations, he was instead offered on November 23 in Lachine.
Surprise … and disappointment
But the day before, the phone rang and he was told that everything was canceled. At the time, the Lachine Hospital was dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak and everything needed to be cleaned up, she said.
The operation is thus postponed to December 14. But Linda Sampson has already received the dreaded bad news. Like hundreds of Quebecers, the operation she was waiting for is canceled.
On Monday, the Quebec government announced that hospitals were to cut planned surgeries by half, in order to absorb COVID-19 patients who need to be hospitalized.
” I do not have [nouvelle] date and no hope that it will be in December, she breathes. I am no longer able. “
For five weeks now, she has been on a diet of liquid protein and vegetables. She has to take five protein drinks a day, at a high cost, she continues.
She needed to lose weight before the operation and she was successful, going from 300 to 270 pounds.
A taxi driver for 19 years, she admits that she has a sitting job, but she suffers and worries.
As the holidays approach, she is already saddened to know that she will not be able to play with her five grandchildren the way she would like or crawl with her youngest.
“I would like that, but I’m not able,” she adds.
Now all he has to do is hope for a Christmas miracle. “Every time the phone rings, I have butterflies [en souhaitant que ce soit l’hôpital] », lance Mme Sampson, who remains disappointed.
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