Bruce’s cancer op was re­booked – now it’s too late for surgery

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

CANCER pa­tient Bruce Knight was all ready to go into the­atre when he was told: ‘Sorry, there’s no bed free.’

The 74-year-old had needed an ur­gent op­er­a­tion to re­move a tu­mour from his pan­creas, and was booked in for surgery at Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal Coven­try on Jan­uary 18 this year.

His wife, Val, pic­tured right with Bruce, ex­plained: ‘Bruce was ready, he had his gown on, he’d spo­ken to the sur­geon. Then the anaes­thetist came in and told him sorry but the op­er­a­tion would be can­celled as there weren’t enough beds in the high de­pen­dency unit.’ The cou­ple then had to en­dure an ag­o­nis­ing wait to see if the eight-hour op­er­a­tion could be resched­uled in the right ‘time win­dow’ to fit in with his other cancer treat­ment.

It was even­tu­ally re­booked for Fe­bru­ary – by which time doc­tors dis­cov­ered they could not re­move the tu­mour. Mrs Knight ex­plained: ‘They said the ra­dio­ther­apy and chemo­ther­apy had ba­si­cally bound it in place. But Bruce is im­prov­ing.’

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