My Daniel’s suf­fer­ing so much, it breaks my heart

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By CHAR­LOTTE DOB­SON char­lotte.dob­[email protected]­i­tymir­ @dob­sonMEN

A TEENAGER is ‘liv­ing in agony’ af­ter a ma­jor op­er­a­tion to re­move his large bowel was can­celled at the last minute.

Daniel Dunne, 15, has been an in­pa­tient at the Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and suf­fers with dis­use ul­cer­a­tive col­i­tis.

Daniel’s mum, Michelle, says his op­er­a­tion was can­celled shortly be­fore he was due to go to theatre be­cause he had caught flu on the ward.

She claims that her son’s dis­com­fort and pain is be­ing pro­longed due to poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween con­sul­tants and sur­geons.

She said her son, who had been in hospi­tal for seven weeks be­fore Christ­mas, is pass­ing blood and strug­gling with his men­tal health.

Michelle said: “We’ve been in this cy­cle of be­ing in and out of hospi­tal since Au­gust.

“Daniel’s lat­est stint in hospi­tal was seven weeks. We were des­per­ate for the op­er­a­tion to go ahead.

“We were told surgery was the best op­tion but they’d need a sur­geon from the MRI.

“In the mean­time he’s been pass­ing blood ev­ery day and liv­ing in pain.

“We were all set for it to go ahead on De­cem­ber 16 but then at the last minute they turned round and said it couldn’t go ahead be­cause he’d had the flu.

“Daniel has high­func­tion­ing autism. He likes rou­tine and he likes to know what’s go­ing on.

“They said it was too risky for it to go ahead and I ap­pre­ci­ate that.

“It’s just that the surgery is a so­lu­tion to his prob­lem and it’s been de­layed for months now.

“I can’t fault the nurses on the ward. It’s the lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween con­sul­tants, se­nior man­agers and sur­geons that makes it so frus­trat­ing.”

The fam­ily say they have been told Daniel will have to wait un­til Jan­uary 13 for his op­er­a­tion.

Michelle, from Pre­ston, said: “I don’t think it should have to be like this.

“Daniel’s Christ­mas was ru­ined. He’s house­bound, he can hardly walk and he’s in pain.

“He’s suf­fer­ing so much, it breaks my heart. We just want his large bowel re­moved so he can get his life back.

“He’s a shadow of him­self at the mo­ment.”

A spokesman at the Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, part of Manch­ester Univer­sity NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, said: “We are re­ally sorry that we were un­able to go ahead with Daniel’s surgery and apol­o­gise for the frus­tra­tion this has caused for Daniel and his fam­ily.

“The safety of the chil­dren is our pri­or­ity and we are look­ing to resched­ule the surgery.”

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