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Reader Laura on Facial Trauma Patient Waits Days For Surgery

Posted Sep 20 2010 7:30am

Reader Laura’s Comment “Our future on Obamacare? Doctors tell boy not to sneeze, cough while he waits for surgery.”

His face is so badly broken that doctors have warned him not to cough or sneeze but teenager Blake Wells has been forced to wait an agonizing four days for surgery.

Despite needing emergency facial reconstruction after a blow to his head during a rugby league match, Blake, 14, was sent away from a busy hospital on Sunday and told to return today.

Staff at Gosford Hospital on the New South Wales Central Coast informed Blake’s family they had only one operating theatre in use at the weekend.


The kid in the story probably has an orbital floor fracture and/or a cheek bone fracture. These kinds of delays occur here when operating facilities are being used for more severely injured patients, but more of these kinds of delays are probably on the way as managed care means less care overall. That’s how they save money if they even manage to do that.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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