A farmer left with a humungous triple hernia on his stomach is now too scared to go to the bog and in too much pain to walk.
Winston Baldwin has been forced to live with a large, watermelon-sized lump on his stomach after NHS delays due to the coronavirus pandemic pushed his treatment back.
The 72-year-old told StokeLive: "I'd go anywhere for treatment, from Madrid to Lagos.
""I'm just surviving now and it's not good at all. I want to work on my farm, I just want my life back."
Winston first developed the hernia during a bowel operation in 2019.
He was meant to go under the knife in February, 2020 – but Crewe's Leighton Hospital suffered big delays from the pandemic.
NHS bosses have now apologised to the pensioner, who lives in Oakhanger, near Stoke.
The unlucky bloke continued: "I have been told an operation could be life-threatening – but this pain is life-threatening too.
"When I walk a yard from the phone to the table I’m out of breath – it’s just been getting worse.
“I can’t go to the bog and having a poo is scary."
Initially, instead of the op he so desperately craved, Winston was given a corset to support his back.
“I developed a small hernia in 2019 but had to wait six months for treatment because I’d just had an operation. I was then sent to Northwich and back to Leighton in 2020," he said.
"And then lockdown hit."
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Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust runs Leighton Hospital.
A spokesman said: “We are unable to comment in detail about individual patients due to confidentiality reasons but would like to emphasise that we take any issues raised regarding a patient’s care very seriously.
“We are currently looking into this matter and will continue to liaise with Mr Baldwin directly about his ongoing care and treatment.
"In the meantime, we would like to apologise for the delays experienced during what we appreciate has been a worrying time.”
The spokesman added: “Throughout the pandemic we have continued to provide urgent and cancer treatment, but high levels of Covid-19 activity unfortunately resulted in delays for routine planned care, which we apologise for.
"Now that the number of coronavirus cases has reduced, our staff are working hard to restore services and safely treat patients as quickly as possible according to clinical need.”
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