British pensioner forced to return to UK for knee op
09 March 2012 @ 16:15
A BRITISH pensioner is being forced to return to the UK for knee surgery after waiting almost a year in Spain.
Ian Dennis, 74, who lives in Casarabonela, has no cartilage between the lower and upper part of his leg and cannot walk without the aid of crutches.
He was told by specialists in April 2011 he needed a double knee replacement, and was assured he would be seen within six months at the Virgen de la Victoria Hospital in Malaga.
Nine months later however, in January 2012, Belfast-born Dennis was still waiting – and to his horror was told his op would be delayed by another six to nine months.
“It’s so frustrating,” said Dennis, who can only sleep dosed up on painkillers.
“After all that time waiting, they said it is going to be at least another six months.”
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