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Waiting list mix-up adds to 83-year-old’s suffering | Geelong, VIC, Australia.
Waiting list mix-up adds to 83-year-old’s suffering
Cameron Best | July 23rd, 2012
FOR nearly four years, Wally Conron believed he was on the public waiting list for a hip replacement.
For nearly four years, he has been waiting for a phone call he hoped would give him a new lease on life.
But the 83-year-old from Gnarwarre, who is credited with breeding the first labradoodle dog, was not on a waiting list at all.
Mr Conron believes the health system has let him down but Barwon Health claims he was considering hip surgery only nine months ago.
“It’s a balls-up as far as I’m concerned and I’ve been suffering,” Mr Conron said.
“There are days when I can’t walk, nights when I can’t sleep.
“I’m sure there’s been plenty more people fobbed off like I have, but I want to get to the bottom of it and find out what went wrong.”
Barwon Health records show Mr Conron was recommended a more conservative treatment of physiotherapy and rehabilitation for his hip complaint in late 2008.
Spokeswoman Kate Nelson said a referral from Mr Conron’s GP last October clearly stated he “would now consider hip surgery”.
Mr Conron maintains he was told by a specialist at the Geelong Hospital late last year that his condition had deteriorated and he would be elevated on the waiting list.
“He said: ‘Your hips are in a really bad way, I’m putting you right up the top’,” he said.
He has now officially been on the waiting list for less than two months, with Barwon Health expecting Mr Conron to receive his surgery by the end of the year.
Mr Conron bred the labradoodle in the late 1980s while working for the Royal Guide Dogs of Australia.
Answering a call from a visually impaired Hawaiian woman whose husband had allergies, Mr Conron crossed the labrador retriever and a standard poodle to get a guide dog that didn’t shed hair.
Now Mr Conron is suffering the same lack of mobility he helped others overcome.
He said he was having to take more painkillers as his condition deteriorated and was finding it difficult to function.
“It is getting worse and worse as time goes on and, if it’s not done soon, I’m going to be completely housebound,” he said.
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Rachel Rowling said:
How sad is this. Is Wally still needing a hip replacement? Would he be willing to travel to Malaysia and have this done for free?
yes – very sad. I am sure Wally would look at all the options.
Thanks Earl. Let me make some calls and I will get back with some options for Wally. Channel 9 is interested in covering the story and have known us for years. They will be more than happy to call Wally as well. Let me see what I can organize in the next week and will follow up with you to see the best way to propose to Wally as an alternative option. Have a great weekend.
Great – would be wonderful if we could do something for him – I know personally how hard it is and I am young. Got to be much worse for him.