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Kidderminster cancer survivor's appeal for more post-op care
THE family of a Kidderminster cancer survivor say they fear he is becoming a recluse and have called for more support for people recovering from major operations.
Martin Williams, 58, of Worcester Road, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May this year.
He underwent a successful operation in June at Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital but suffered an inflammation about a month later, which led to mobility issues.
His wife Maureen, 49, and 21-year-old daughter Stacy, who cares for her mother, who suffers from back problems, said they were “disgusted” when an NHS occupational therapist said he did not need a wheelchair.
Mrs Williams even said if she knew how bad the side effects were she would not have wanted her husband to have the operation.
A spokesman for the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust said he would not comment on individual cases but added people ineligible for support from the Worcestershire Wheelchair Service were put in touch with the Red Cross, which could loan chairs.
Mrs Williams said: “It is unfair on my husband – he has gone through a big trauma and still has problems with his liver to cope with.
“He needs to get out and get some fresh air. He really liked to go out and go around town and visit people. It is things like that he cannot do not any more.
“We fear he is becoming a recluse and he is now on anti-depressants.”
She said the family, who are on benefits, were told to hire a wheelchair but they could not afford to do so. The couple also have a son, Anthony, 25, who suffers from autism.
“I think there should be a lot more support for people in my husband’s situation,” she added. “We do not think he has been fairly treated.”
The trust spokesman said people were not eligible for the wheelchair service if they could move around with the aid of a frame or another form of support.
He added: “The Red Cross’s chairs can support people for a shorter period, for example as they recover from an operation. We would also advise people to contact us again if their mobility issues worsened.”
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