Woman Kept Waiting Five Days In Agony To Have Appendix Removed
An Adelaide mother has spoken of her pain at being kept in hospital for five days, waiting to have her appendix removed.
Ellie Jardine, 25, was admitted to emergency at Adelaide's Lyell McEwin Hospital after seeing her GP on Thursday, suffering extreme pain. She was told she had appendicitis, and required surgery.
Five days later, she's still waiting.
"It honestly felt like a hot knife just driving into me, I can't even explain it any other way," Jardine said on Monday.
Too sick to go home, but not sick enough to be considered an emergency, she's been told every day to fast for surgery that hasn't eventuated. As a result, she's lost around five kilograms, and her mental health is suffering.
Jardine is also struggling being away from her 18-month-old son, who is being looked after by her parents.
Speaking exclusively to 10 News First, the young mother is demanding the system be overhauled to better deal with patients like her, and free up beds for those who need them even more.
"I can tell he's upset with me and I can tell he doesn't understand why mummy isn't there," she said.
"The promise of 'you'll be next' is destroying me. I just want to be home, I miss my baby.
"I'm doing my best but it's getting a bit hard."
Her condition is currently being managed by intense antibiotics.
Jardine has had to take unpaid leave from work during her stay, and her husband has been by her side every day. As of late Monday afternoon, she still hadn't undergone surgery, and is potentially facing yet another night in hospital.
Jardine fully appreciates there are other patients that take priority, but is disappointed the system has kept her waiting so long, and taking up a bed for five days that could help another patient.
SA Health issued a statement about her case on Friday afternoon.
"As is the case across the health system, patients will always be prioritised on the basis of need. Those with the most urgent or life-threatening conditions will be given priority," the organisation said.
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