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Elaine Davis is waiting anxiously for much-needed surgery. Picture: Larry Cummins
Elaine Davis is waiting anxiously for much-needed surgery. Picture: Larry Cummins

I’m suffering awful pain, and I have to wait at least 18 months for surgery…

A BALLYPHEHANE woman who lives every day with chronic pain has hit out at the hospital waiting lists that have made her feel worthless.

Elaine Davis, a 42-year-old mother of two, was diagnosed with Adult-onset Still's disease, a rare systemic inflammatory disease, in 2013.

Recommended to undergo hip replacement surgery early last year, she has now been told that a public operation is unlikely to be scheduled in the next 18 months and is considering taking out a loan to fund the treatment privately.

It was revealed yesterday that there are 630,000 public patients on waiting lists in Ireland - an all-time record high.

Elaine said:

"I saw a surgeon in October. I told him that I am on the public list and he said that he could not foresee seeing me at any time in the public system."

"He said that if I wanted to get it done in a public hospital privately, I could get it done whenever I wanted, that there was no problem privately."

"It's €8,200 to get the two hips done so do we get a credit union loan, what do we do?"

"When you're in your darker moments you do really feel that you're worthless or forgotten.

"You say, 'how could anyone feel that it's okay to let people wait like this?'"