Disabled grandpa spends 18 hours a day in bed after waiting two years for surgery

Danny Sullivan was injured in a car accident and is paralyzed from the waist down after being injured in a car accident and is confined to a wheelchair

Grandpa Danny Sullivan, 75, has been waiting for surgery on a wound on his buttocks for two years
Grandpa Danny Sullivan, 75, has been waiting for surgery on a wound on his buttocks for two years

A disabled grandpa who spends 18 hours a day in bed after a long wait for surgery says he now has a “totally wasted life”.

Danny Sullilvan says the prolonged delay in having surgery on a wound on his buttocks has impacted his quality of life.

He has to be bedridden for most of the day to keep it from getting worse.

Mr. Sullivan was injured in a car accident and is paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair.

He said BirminghamLive He feels his life is “a total waste” right now and that a surgical date would at least give him “something to hold on to”.







Danny is paraplegic and has no idea when his surgery is scheduled
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The 75-year-old’s procedure was originally scheduled for April 2020 but had to be canceled as NHS workers were on the front lines battling rising Covid cases.

But more than two years later, the fed-up grandfather from Kings Heath, West Midlands, is still waiting.

District nurses visit him every day at his ground floor flat, where he lives alone, to change his bandages while he continues to await treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The father-of-three says he sees “no light at the end of the tunnel” and while he understands others need care more urgently than he does, he admits the long delay has left him hopeless.

The NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, has apologized to patients who have had to wait for treatment and says it is doing everything it can to tackle the backlog.







District nurses visit him every day to change his bandages while he continues to await treatment
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Mr. Sullivan explained: “I had the pre-op. Three days before the surgery I received an email saying it was cancelled. That was practically at the start of Covid and I’ve been waiting ever since.

“Every day the district nurses come and they bandage it. I spend 16-18 hours in bed to stay away from the sore otherwise it would get worse which is a nuisance. It has certainly changed my life.

“One of the downsides of being paraplegic is that you sit all the time and you are so prone to pressure sores. This is one that went bad. It’s been like this for about four years. The first surgery didn’t go very well, they postponed it and I’m waiting two years now.”

This has dramatically affected his quality of life. “The only people I see most days are the district nurses, but I see my son and grandchildren about once a week,” explained Mr. Sullivan.

“I haven’t been able to go on vacation for almost three years. I can’t stay overnight because the district nurses come every day. That’s just annoying.







The grandfather fears that he might have to wait even longer before he is finally called for the operation
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“It would be so much better for my peace of mind and general wellbeing. It just feels like a total waste of a life right now.”

And the grandfather fears that he might have to wait a while before he is finally called for the operation.

He said: “I have my next appointment with my consultant surgeon in November, which doesn’t make me very confident.

“I call his secretary about every six months and get the same answer. The priority, of course, is cancer patients, heart patients, emergency surgeries.

“You don’t come in to have surgery unless you, she said, become severely infected and come in as an emergency. And I don’t want to get really badly infected and come as an emergency!”

He added: “The worst part is that you don’t have anything to look forward to. You don’t have a date. If you had something to hold on to, it would make life bearable.

When asked if he had any idea when he would be treated, he replied: “Absolutely none. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.”

He continued: “This probably affects millions. Everyone else is probably in the same boat. It would be nice to just say something, ‘Your turn will be taken.’ That frustrates me.”

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said its “demands have never been higher” and that it “works very hard to take care of patients”.

A spokesman said: “We are sorry to have to cancel or postpone a procedure due to the demands on our services, these demands have never been so high.

“The impact of Covid on our capacity, both in terms of patients in need of care and staff unavailable due to isolation, has been felt very clearly in the early months of the year during this latest virus wave.

“We are working very hard to care for patients in the face of this ongoing pressure by adding additional ward and surgical capacity, hiring additional staff and introducing new treatment pathways at all of our hospital sites to help us get back on track.”

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