In­ject­ing a heart

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There’s noth­ing more ad­mirable than a great dis­play of guts and last week Doreen Butt and her fam­ily did a great job of hold­ing their ground. A per­son would def­i­nitely have to ex­pe­ri­ence it first­hand to know the ug­li­ness of a can­cer di­ag­no­sis; the hor­ri­ble and pierc­ing sound of the can­cer word com­ing off a doc­tor’s lips and the gross fear of what toll this dreaded dis­ease will take.

Speedy treat­ment and care has to be the pri­or­ity of any­one thrown into the bat­tle to sur­vive.

To be resched­uled for a surgery, not once but twice, is down­right un­ac­cept­able and when that lady from Labrador City was forced to have a life-sav­ing surgery post­poned again last week, re­ac­tion should have come straight from the health min­is­ter given the em­bar­rass­ing in­ci­dents that have been un­cov­ered in this prov­ince over the past year or so.

When fam­ily mem­bers con­tacted the me­dia, they were wise in show­ing this spe­cific case, which un­cov­ered yet an­other atroc­ity of our health­care sys­tem.

Imag­ine the pent up anx­i­ety a per­son must feel pre­par­ing to have surgery and to be told at the eleventh hours it will have to be resched­uled.

But that’s our health care sys­tem. It’s one thing to be ap­palled by the aw­ful flaws, but it’s quite an­other to be at the mercy of this sys­tem when your life is threat­ened by some­thing as fright­en­ing as can­cer.

It’s likely many other peo­ple have hair-rais­ing sto­ries but are too afraid to come for­ward and com­plain be­cause they are de­pen­dent on that sys­tem to make them well. Ei­ther there’s in­cred­i­bly slow progress in re­vamp­ing this sys­tem or there’s noth­ing be­ing done with what we’ve learned in the goof ups and neg­li­gence that have pre­vi­ously been ex­posed.

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