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Pensioner Forced To Chop Off Rotting Finger Due To Surgery Delay (Ah,yes,socialized medicine)
Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 16, 2002 | staff writer

Posted on 08/15/2002 8:05:44 AM PDT by yankeedame

Pensioner forced to chop off rotting finger due to surgery delay

August 16 2002

A New Zealand pensioner chopped off one of his rotting, gangrenous fingers with a pair of scissors because he could no longer stand the pain after waiting 20 months for surgery, it was reported yesterday.

The plight of Ted Matthews, from Timaru in the South Island, made headline television news, with gruesome footage shown of his hand with one blackened finger and thumb still dangling and two middle fingers gone.

The story drew the attention of Health Minister Annette King, who has asked health officials to brief her on the case.

Matthews is suffering from dry gangrene following cardiac surgery 20 months ago in Christchurch Hospital and his fingers are rotting and dying as a result.

Two of his fingers have already rotted off and he is desperate for surgery to amputate two remaining fingers.

He told Television One News he had been taking the strongest painkillers available since January last year to combat the often unbearable pain.

He used a pair of kitchen scissors earlier this year in desperation to chop off one of his rotting fingers.

Christchurch Hospital general manager Jim Magee said Matthews had been scheduled for surgery in the first week of September.

However, Matthews said he received a letter yesterday from the hospital telling him he would have to wait a further six months at least.

Magee said Matthews had a history of severe coronary artery disease, heart disease, renal failure, diverticulitis and diabetes, and had suffered three strokes.

Staffing shortages are endemic throughout most New Zealand public hospitals which complain of underfunding. Many patients increasingly opt for private health care if they can afford it.

Matthews said he would not let even his small pet dog to suffer the way he had.

"I'd shoot him rather than let him be treated the way I have," he said.

AFP


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: socializedmedicine

1 posted on 08/15/2002 8:05:44 AM PDT by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame
The story drew the attention of Health Minister Annette King, who has asked health officials to brief her on the case....

Why do I keep seeing this Annette King as a kiwi version of Hillary Clinton?

2 posted on 08/15/2002 8:12:40 AM PDT by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame
I was recently watching the Prime Minister questions session broadcast from the British Parliament by C-Span. Tony Blair was boasting of tremendous improvements in the National Health Service, including plans that by 2005, no patient would have to wait more than 6 months to be seen by a doctor. This is what the democrats want to bring to America.
4 posted on 08/15/2002 8:20:19 AM PDT by thucydides
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To: yankeedame
Ah,yes,socialized medicine

Correction . New Zealand is a capitalistic hell hole

6 posted on 08/15/2002 8:22:19 AM PDT by Jordi
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To: thucydides
No kidding. I cannot believe how people are pushing for this.
7 posted on 08/15/2002 8:22:40 AM PDT by jjm2111
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To: yankeedame
The health care is free. They never said "when" he would get it. Fine print there somewhere.
8 posted on 08/15/2002 8:24:07 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: em23
This is exactly what Hillary wants to bring to us for health care. We already have a mini version of it with the HMO's!
9 posted on 08/15/2002 8:26:39 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: yankeedame
Socialized medicine nightmare...mini version Veterans Health Care
10 posted on 08/15/2002 8:31:51 AM PDT by joesnuffy
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To: yankeedame
Hi -

Could you provide the link to the specific article? The given link is to the front page of the SMH and I have not been able to find this item so far.

TIA -
11 posted on 08/15/2002 8:42:07 AM PDT by Post Toasties
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To: yankeedame
Quote of the day, "If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it's free"- P.J. O'Rourke
12 posted on 08/15/2002 8:50:28 AM PDT by TMD
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To: yankeedame
Hello, Hillary, you can kiss my behind.
13 posted on 08/15/2002 8:52:52 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: yankeedame
Bookmark.
14 posted on 08/15/2002 8:53:16 AM PDT by denydenydeny
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To: yankeedame
A search of SMH for today and past week turned up nothing. Please provide exact link. Thanks.

Caveat Emptor
15 posted on 08/15/2002 8:55:32 AM PDT by caveat emptor
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To: yankeedame
Good thing it wasn't syphillis.
16 posted on 08/15/2002 8:57:58 AM PDT by Dawgsquat
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To: All
Just a note to beware Hillary's health care plans:

Many years ago my mother visited her native England, and told us the national health care plan was getting rave reviews from her relatives there. Their own family doctor paid house calls to their elderly aunt, and even had time to have tea with the family. When the aunt's daughter was hospitalized, national health care placed the aunt in the hospital to give her care while her daughter was ill. Everything was WONDERFUL.

BEWARE: It starts out well and runs out of money. Don't believe Hillary when she says HER plan will be different. It will only become an expensive government MESS.

17 posted on 08/15/2002 9:04:59 AM PDT by kitkat
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To: yankeedame
Should he be jailed for practicing without a license? Or say without insurance? Or say without the FDA's approval? LOLOLOL! Why don't they call the DEA on him! LOLOLOL!!! (I know, it's not funny, sorry)
18 posted on 08/15/2002 9:09:32 AM PDT by lavaroise
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To: caveat emptor
I posted this story from a NZ source last night. Here's the LINK
19 posted on 08/15/2002 9:17:01 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: yankeedame; Admin Moderator
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Moderator, this photo is from NZStuff. com. Please delete if you consider it inappropriate.

20 posted on 08/15/2002 9:20:40 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
Well, that was a photograph I didn't need to see...
21 posted on 08/15/2002 9:21:58 AM PDT by PLMerite
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To: *Socialized Medicine
Index Bump
22 posted on 08/15/2002 9:35:14 AM PDT by Free the USA
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To: aculeus
thumb to the outside not inside-fakey
23 posted on 08/15/2002 9:41:28 AM PDT by Soul Citizen
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To: kitkat
Exactly right. Just print money, pay doctors with it, and everything will be hunky-dory. What could possibly go wrong?
24 posted on 08/15/2002 9:41:41 AM PDT by SteamshipTime
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To: yankeedame
Coming soon to a hospital near you...
25 posted on 08/15/2002 9:49:44 AM PDT by gridlock
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To: yankeedame
This guy needs to get a lawyer and sue his HMO, right now! Oh, wait a minute,... this is socialized medicine. Forget it! He needs to suck it up and buy a sharper pair of scissors so he can finish the job properly.
26 posted on 08/15/2002 10:11:56 AM PDT by Gritty
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To: lavaroise
Should he be jailed for practicing without a license? Or say without insurance? Or say without the FDA's approval? LOLOLOL! Why don't they call the DEA on him! LOLOLOL!!! (I know, it's not funny, sorry)

Seriously, medical treatment would be far more affordable and less scarce if it wasn't so constrained by professional licensing requirements and government rules.

27 posted on 08/15/2002 10:15:47 AM PDT by faintpraise
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To: caveat emptor
Sure thing. This is the complete link to the Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au

When you get to the site click on WORLD, and towards the bottom that page you will see the article is titled the same as this post.

Now, this is the link to the actual story: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/08/15/1029113984694.html

(As you can see, this site has a lot of numbers. I checked and re-checked to make sure I got them in exact order. Still and all, I hope you will forgive if my fingers slipped)

28 posted on 08/15/2002 10:24:42 AM PDT by yankeedame
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To: aculeus
gross - but effective at illustrating the idiocy
29 posted on 08/15/2002 10:25:55 AM PDT by Revelation 911
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To: yankeedame
I keep seeing Hillary with that plastic card in her hand talking about a "Soviet style health-care system".
This is what we are heading for with HMO's, especially since they were part of Hillary's 'HealthKare Plan'.

Good catch. Thanks.

30 posted on 08/15/2002 10:28:15 AM PDT by Darksheare
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To: Soul Citizen
thumb to the outside not inside-fakey

Er, the finger on the "outside" is his pinkie. What remains of his thumb is "inside". Nothing fakey.

31 posted on 08/15/2002 10:43:26 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: yankeedame; aculeus
Thanks much. Good find. Hard to believe, ain't it.

caveat emptor
32 posted on 08/15/2002 12:36:32 PM PDT by caveat emptor
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To: yankeedame
Maybe it's time to start sending bills to the doctors and,oh yes!the lawyers.
33 posted on 08/15/2002 2:03:58 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: yankeedame; All
And in news from England:

A JAILED child strangler has been rushed into hospital for a live-saving op—while other patients have been forced to wait EIGHT MONTHS for the same surgery.

Russell Bishop—once accused of the infamous Babes in the Woods murders—is in a bed in a private ward ready for a heart bypass only a few weeks after complaining to prison doctors of chest pains.

The fiend's speedy treatment has infuriated patients who had their vital ops CANCELLED by the same health authority earlier this year because of a cash crisis.

Ray Wheatland—who suffered EIGHT heart attacks— stormed: "It is astounding that a paedophile can get this op so quickly when I was left to beg for it, fearing every day that my heart was going to pack in.

"Perverts like Bishop do not deserve to live, never mind taking up hospital beds needed by innocent people."

Bishop, 35, is serving life for the kidnap, attempted murder and sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl in East Sussex in 1990. He was jailed three years after being acquitted of the murders of nine-year-olds Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway who were strangled and sexually assaulted in Wild Park woods, Brighton.

The monster has been transferred from Full Sutton maximum security prison in North Yorkshire to York District Hospital to prepare for the op at Leeds General.

His father, Roy, told us last night: "He's only been waiting a matter of weeks. After all, it's an emergency."

But only six months ago 40 patients at death's door were told in a North Yorkshire Health Authority letter that their ops were "postponed" because "we do not have the money to fund the procedure".

Ray Wheatland, 50, of York, was one of them. "I gave up on life," he said. "Thankfully I had my op in June—but only after a dreadful wait."

Fred Storr, 57, also got the letter—and it was only after his wife Sue dialled 999 when he collapsed that he got his op.

"It seems to me you are more likely to get medical care if you are the worst type of criminal than a normal law-abiding bloke like me," said Fred, of York. "If I was still waiting I would be straight down to that hospital and telling doctors to give me Bishop's bed." Bishop is now chained to that bed and has a constant guard. Others in nearby wards are unaware who their notorious fellow patient is.

After being cleared of the Babes in the Woods murders, Bishop even joined the campaign to find the killer, visiting the murder scene and declaring that paedophiles "should be strung up".

Then he was caught after a kidnap that shocked the nation, leaving his little victim for dead, battered and naked in a gorse bush at South Downs landmark Devil's Dyke.

"After what he's done why are they giving him an op?" said Fred. "He should have been put to sleep forever."


Paedophile Bishop at the spot where Babes in the Wood Nicola and Karen died. He attacked a seven-year-old three years later

34 posted on 08/17/2002 8:44:15 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: kitkat
see post 34
35 posted on 08/17/2002 8:46:00 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: yankeedame
The evil of socialism shows it's ugly hideous face once again

That poor man

Coming to the good ole' USA

"VOTE GORE/HILLARY IN 2004"

Deep gut wrenching sarcasm

36 posted on 08/17/2002 2:24:56 PM PDT by JZoback
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