Edward Beckett shows his hands that are affected by the debiliating Dupuytren's disease.
Edward Beckett shows his hands that are affected by the debiliating Dupuytren's disease. Alistair Brightman

Man desperately needs surgery to save his hands

AS EACH day goes by, Edward Beckett's fingers move closer to being irreparable.

Mr Beckett has Dupuytren disease. For the past six years, his fingers have curled over and become sore and stiff.

In February his situation was classified as a category two, meaning he should undergo a procedure within 90 days.

Four months have passed and Mr Beckett is still no closer to his operation.

"I have no idea about what's going on," he said.

"My fingers will get to a point when they can't operate on them and they'll need to be sawed off.

"They're actually beyond right angles."

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service acting chief operating officer Stephen Bell sympathised with Mr Beckett but couldn't provide details on when he could expect to see an orthopaedic surgeon.

"Demand for orthopaedic surgery is high in the Wide Bay region and the WBHHS sympathises with anybody who has an extended wait," he said.

"The WBHHS endeavours to provide a timely service to all patients referred to the public health service however demand can fluctuate and this can affect the wait times."



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