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German lady sent home to die

Leader Newspaper, 29 | 01 | 2010 - Noticia

A 73 year old German lady who has lived in Torrevieja for the past 13 years has been refused the dialysis treatment which is keeping her alive

Doctors literally sent her home to die. Her husband Wilfred Lebendig, and family are taking the matter to court, but given the fact that doctors calculated she would survive for 3 days without the treatment, the matter needs an urgent solution. Elizabeth was taken off dialysis on Monday 18th January.

Apparently all the doctors on duty agreed this was the best option, as the old lady suffers from a series of medical complaints. They told Wilfred to just wet her lips with water on a cotton wool ball should she feel thirsty.

Poor Wilfred began to imagine what his life would be like as a widower. The couple had come to Torrevieja for the sunny days and milder winters, as thousands of other retirees from Northern Europe do.

Spain knew they were attracting thousands of pensioners when they built these massive urbanisations with sea views and sun filled patios. They must have known that if huge numbers of older people come to live in a place, then they will need to use medical facilities, and as well as houses, hospitals and clinics will have to be built.

The sad thing is that the medical facilities cannot now afford to treat all the elderly patients resident on Spanish shores, and Elizabeth is one of the unfortunate many who have been turned away, basically because the Spanish Health Service are trying to cut costs.

However, at the time of going to press, Elizabeth was still alive. She hasn’t eaten anything for two weeks, and her resilience is beating the odds. Wilfred says she is conscious and lucid, although malnourished.

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