81-year-old finally undergoes surgery in Cork after months of bed delays

81-year-old finally undergoes surgery in Cork after months of bed delays

Prior to becoming ill in March, Mr Burke was a healthy octogenarian, swimming up to 50 lengths of his local swimming pool everyday.

An 81-year-old man who was waiting months for an operation at a Cork hospital has finally undergone surgery this week.

Clonmel native Redmond Burke (81) was due to undergo surgery at the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) last Tuesday to remove a precancerous growth on his pancreas, a lengthy and complex operation that can take up to eight hours.

However, his surgery was cancelled on short notice due to a lack of post-op beds in the intensive care unit (ICU) to monitor him following surgery.

However, The Echo can reveal that Mr Burke did in fact undergo surgery on Tuesday this week after months of delays, and is now recovering.

Prior to becoming ill in March, Mr Burke was a healthy octogenarian, swimming up to 50 lengths of his local swimming pool everyday.

His daughter Carole Troy told The Echo:

“He’s still doing okay and will probably be in the hospital for at least another two weeks all going well.” 

Ms Troy said Mr Burke’s family was “thankful” surgery had finally gone ahead.

Mr Burke had seen his assessment and treatment delayed in recent months due to a lack of hospital beds in Cork.

Prior to becoming ill in March, Mr Burke was a healthy octogenarian, swimming up to 50 lengths of his local swimming pool everyday.

Prior to becoming ill in March, Mr Burke was a healthy octogenarian, swimming up to 50 lengths of his local swimming pool everyday.
Prior to becoming ill in March, Mr Burke was a healthy octogenarian, swimming up to 50 lengths of his local swimming pool everyday.

However, a lack of hospital beds in Cork has seen him spend much of the past few months in South Tipperary General Hospital, awaiting transfer to Cork.

Mr Burke was referred to a gastroenterologist in MUH after doctors in Tipperary found a blockage in his bile duct.

He spent the next four weeks at South Tipperary General Hospital waiting for a bed at MUH.

When he was finally assessed by a gastroenterologist, it was discovered Mr Burke had a precancerous growth on the head of his pancreas that would require surgery.

Mr Burke was scheduled to undergo surgery last Tuesday, October 13, but again this was cancelled at short notice due to a lack of capacity.

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