Bowel surgery done af­ter ED ad­mis­sion

Otago Daily Times - - Dunedin -

DUNEDIN woman Gaynor Bun­gard (69) has re­ceived cru­cial bowel surgery af­ter be­ing ad­mit­ted to Dunedin Hos­pi­tal in an acute con­di­tion.

With her body ‘‘break­ing down’’ and in a ‘‘grue­some’’ sit­u­a­tion as a re­sult of her bowel, she was last month taken to the emer­gency depart­ment.

She was in hos­pi­tal for two weeks, dur­ing which time her large in­tes­tine was re­moved, a bag fit­ted and a sec­ond op­er­a­tion car­ried out to deal with a ma­jor in­fec­tion.

Mrs Bun­gard said it was a shame it took an acute ad­mis­sion for her to get surgery, but she was very ap­pre­cia­tive.

‘‘It’s hard to get in, but once you get it, it’s be­yond be­lief the care you get. I can’t put it into words. The ded­i­ca­tion, the skill, the love and ev­ery­thing,’’ Mrs Bun­gard said.

Early last month, Mrs Bun­gard told the

ODT she was hav­ing to ‘‘starve’’ her­self be­fore leav­ing home be­cause of se­vere ul­cer­a­tive col­i­tis, con­stant di­ar­rhoea and in­tense pain.

She was ap­proved for surgery to re­move her colon and rec­tum in Au­gust 2016.

But noth­ing hap­pened to ad­vance the surgery, and on a trip to the emer­gency depart­ment in June, she was told it was not sched­uled.

A let­ter writ­ten by Mrs Bun­gard’s gas­troen­terol­o­gist, Dr Michael Schultz, de­scribed her life as ‘‘mis­er­able’’ and urged col­leagues to look at her case again.

At the time, the South­ern District Health Board told the

sicker pa­tients had to take pri­or­ity.

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