A prisoner in her own home

Thursday, 16 November 2017

A prisoner in her own home thumbnailLucia Pollock, who has progressive MS and severe arthritis, and may have to wait three years for a knee replacement operation. WK46-05TM

A PAIN-STRICKEN Castlerock woman, crippled with multiple sclerosis and severe arthritis, says she will have to wait three years for surgery.
Despite living a short distance from the beach, Lucia Pollock can't walk there anymore and has become a virtual prisoner in her own home.
She said: "I moved here four years ago to be beside the sea. It's on my doorstep so it breaks my heart to be so near, yet so far away."
Former travel agent Lucia, who is in her 50s, needs crutches to get around her home. Since being diagnosed with progressive MS six years ago her mobility has gradually deteriorated and a fall in Coleraine town centre two years ago resulted in a knee injury.
When the pain didn't subside a scan and tests showed she had severe arthritis in her right knee.
Lucia recalled: "I was told I needed a knee replacement and referred to Altnagelvin Hospital. On September 26 this year a consultant there told me he was very sorry but the waiting list was three years. I'm in constant agony and the thought of waiting another three years for surgery is making me so depressed. Until then all I can do is take painkillers; my life is in limbo. My mobility isn't good, at the best of times, but the arthritis is making it so much harder."
Lucia's daughter Lorna, 33, said: "The consultant said he was embarrassed to have to tell people the waiting list is so long. He said even urgent cases, such as people who have cancer, are having to wait eight months.
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