Cause of Death

Cause of Death

I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.
— American television host Johnny Carson

SOME of you may not have heard about the terminally ill Irish woman who left Australia so that she could die in Ireland and how she had become “disgusted” by the Irish healthcare system.

Meabh Feerick, 25, from Ballinrobe in County Mayo, was diagnosed with an advanced and aggressive form of skin cancer last December while living in Sydney with her three-year-old son Noah.

Despite undergoing a hip replacement and extensive head and neck surgery, her condition worsened over the past nine months and this prompted her to set up a GoFundMe so that she could travel home to Ireland before she died.

GoFundMe launched the app to help bring the terminally ill woman and her son home to Ireland and Feerick is now being cared for at a hospice in Castlebar even as she slammed the “appalling” Irish healthcare system.

She said that Irish doctors were unable to read the medical files that she had brought in a USB device from Australia because of the cyberattack on the United Kingdom’s health care agency Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in May the current year. It meant she had to re-do a number of scans and X-rays and as a result, it was a long and tedious ordeal that took her almost eight weeks to accomplish.

And for someone with her kind of diagnosis, this could be devastating.

Feerick also hit out at the lack of resources in Irish healthcare facilities, stating that one Irish nurse does the job of five Australian nurses. The system is shocking because budgets are so low. The whole thing is poorly run and so inefficient with nobody being held accountable.

Feerick said that she had shortened her life by choosing to return to Ireland.
Imagining Feerick’s experience, I couldn’t but help compare this to what some of our countrymen are going through here in the Philippines.

Our health care system is so riddled with loopholes, inconsistencies, and anomalies that the by-word these days is “not to get sick” because, with the condition of our hospitals, especially those run by the government, patient’s are hopeless in receiving the treatment they need not only because of the lack of facilities and equipment but also government’s failed response to the pandemic over alleged graft and corruption perpetrated by some of our health officials.

And these days, with the coronavirus pandemic still unresolved, the ‘cause of death’ for most of us would be tagged as Covid-19. (ai/mtvn)

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