Monday, July 27, 2009

Think Before You and Your Family Are Left Hanging

Government Run Healthcare in UK

A three-year-old girl waiting for vital heart surgery has had her operation cancelled three times in as many weeks because of a shortage of hospital beds.

Ella Cotterell was due to have an operation to widen her aorta artery in her heart on Monday at Bristol Children's Hospital, but her surgery was cancelled 48 hours before because all 15 beds in the intensive care unit were full.

Ella, of Bradley Stoke, Bristol, had open heart surgery when she was just nine days old and suffered a stroke at 18 months.

Her parents Ian Cotterell, 44, and Rachel Davis, 40, were told in October that she would need the operation within 12 to 18 months.

Prolonged wait: Ella Cotterell

The surgery was first scheduled for April 2, but was postponed because of last-minute emergency cases coming in.

It was re-arranged for four days later but again the operation was cancelled for the same reason.

A third date was organised for April 20 and last Thursday she went to the children's hospital for pre-operative tests.

But on Saturday morning her parents received another call from the hospital, explaining her operation would have to be cancelled yet again.

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