B.C. woman left waiting in agony over bladder treatment referral

A Port Coquitlam woman in severe pain says she wishes she would die, after waiting months to be treated for complications arising from bladder surgery.

Shalini Narayan had a bladder lift procedure at St. Paul's Hospital in January after undergoing a hysterectomy, but was left in constant agony afterwards. 

After being referred to B.C. Women's Hospital pelvic pain clinic, Narayan received a letter last month saying she is not eligible for treatment there because there were complications with the mesh used to lift her bladder.

“I don't want to live. I wish for death every day,” Narayan said. “I'm not a coward that I will go and do anything, but if I feel that I cannot be treated. Why would I want to live with this pain?”

Narayan's bladder surgery was supposed to take 12 weeks to heal, but five months later, she is constantly taking painkillers to control her symptoms.

“I'm deterorating, I don't know what to do. I've tried every avenue gone to numerous doctors,” she said.

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