Teacher with cancer says she ‘could die’ as Birmingham treatment delayed

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A teacher with cancer has said she “could die” without a transplant as her treatment is delayed in Birmingham amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Shona McFadyen was diagnosed with liver cancer in December 2018 and is still waiting for a transplant.

The a teacher from Northampton has said that her situation is “life or death”.

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NorthamptonshireLive reports the science teacher said: “It’s not the hospital’s fault. I get that.

“But it just adds to the feeling of hopelessness and it feels like as patients we have been forgotten about.

“Unfortunately, my main problem is that I might die without a transplant – because it’s been delayed due to the pandemic.”

She told the Independent that each day was a “rollercoaster of emotions” and that she couldn’t see the situation improving “for months”.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s managing trust announced on Thursday that it would be “temporarily suspending our waiting list patients for 14 days and pausing kidney transplantation” due to the “critical” coronavirus situation.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said previously that all planned procedures had been postponed “due the significant increase in the number of very sick patients”.

UHB, which operates four hospitals including Birmingham Heartlands and Good Hope in Sutton Coldfield, was dealing with 873 Covid-positive in-patients and a further 125 in intensive care units (ICU), on Tuesday.

The Trust added that “cancer treatment and life-saving care will remain our priority” in a statement in November.

Shona added: “I know that some patients before Christmas were told that they were classed as non-urgent and, as a result, they were temporarily suspended from the list.”

She concluded: “That’s quite scary.”





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