Double amputee desperate

THE WOMAN double amputee whose family is facing a fortnightly public hospital bed bill of almost $680 once she comes off the acute care list, is desperately trying to come home early.

“Her 78-year-old husband is flat out trying to build a ramp into their Granville house and do other alterations so he can wheel his 72-year-old wife in and out,” Christine MacDonald, the couple’s daughter-in-law, said.

“She has now lost both legs and recently suffered a heart attack.

“Queensland Health is keeping her on their acute care list until October 16 and then they will review whether she becomes what they call long stay.

“That’s when the $48.35 a day kicks in.”

The couple cannot afford to pay the fee, but the husband wants his wife home and says he will look after her.

“He does not want to place her in any nursing home,” Christine said. “They are both very courageous people who have worked hard all their lives so this happening at their time of life is just not fair.”



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