Long wait for brain surgery leaves woman pleading for help

A woman from Glace Bay says she’s desperate for help after waiting more than six months for surgery to treat a brain aneurysm.

Patricia Hurley needs an operation in Halifax to treat brain aneurysm

Patricia Hurley of Glace Bay doesn't understand why she has to wait so long for surgery on her brain aneurysm. (Gary Mansfield/CBC)

A woman from Glace Bay says she’s desperate for help after waiting more than six months for surgery to treat a brain aneurysm.

“Our health care sucks,” said Patricia Hurley as she recounted her medical history.

The 48-year-old started experiencing dizzy spells and headaches in January.

She said she went to her family doctor, and was told in April that she needed surgery in Halifax quickly to treat a brain aneurysm.

Hurley said she was told the wait would be about two months, but now six months have passed and she’s speaking out.
“The pain used to come and go, but now it’s not leaving,” she said, calling the pain unbearable.

“The numbness doesn’t leave my face, the pressure doesn’t leave. Everyday I have headaches.”

Hurley is raising her 4-year-old grandson and volunteers at a local food bank. But she’s terrified she won’t be able to continue helping others.

“I am tired. I am tired of living like this. No one should have to wait this long for surgery, I don’t care who you are.”

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