‘I put life on hold:’ Woman who had delayed surgery in Alberta says she’s worse off
EDMONTON — A woman whose surgery in Alberta for cancer in her face was delayed because hospitals were overburdened with COVID-19 says the consequences for her have been drastic.
Sharon Durham of Wynyard, Sask., says she would not have lost her entire nose if the surgery had been done sooner. She will have to wear a prosthetic one for the rest of her life.
“I could have used part of my old nose and just had some plastic surgery done,” Durham, 54, told The Canadian Press.
“I could have probably moved on.”
Williamson said there were already limits on who was to receive health care during the first wave in March 2020.
“These limitations were for non-urgent cases and non-urgent ambulatory care for out-of-province patients.”
Williamson said the health provider is extremely sorry for the anxiety and concern the delays have caused patients.
In April 2020, Durham had a 23-hour surgery in Alberta to remove cancer in her nose and under her left eye. A surgeon reconstructed the former dental hygienist’s nose with the help of a screw. She had two more surgeries in the province after that.
She said she began trying to book a biopsy with her surgeon last May because her nose looked inflamed. Her doctor in Saskatchewan told her she needed to get the screw removed.